Two African wildlife organisations are coordinating their fight against the illegal ivory trade by bringing in trained sniffer dogs which will be deployed at Kenya’s international airport, the railways, border entry points and at Mombasa Port.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has partnered with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Daily Nation reported on Tuesday.
“We are being used as a conduit for the illegal trade through the port of Mombasa. Our port still remains the largest facility being used for trafficking of the trophies and that is why we are enhancing our efforts in collaboration with the government to deal with this menace,” said AWF head of species conservation Philip Muruthi.
The sniffer dogs, which include Malinois and German Shepherds, will be handled by seven trained handlers who graduated from Tanzania’s AWF’s training school. The dogs’ sense of smell is 400 times stronger than that of people.
More than 35,000 elephants are slaughtered across the African continent annually while three rhinos are killed every day.
The poachers smuggle the ivory and rhino horn from Africa to other countries where it is sold.
Source: ANA|COMPATRIOT MAGAZINE