Corporate Social Investment
Helping our animals since 2013
Participate in our animal-saving mission and help us continue creating a better tomorrow for our rhinos.
We have been awarded the Project of the Year for K9 Project Watchdog at the National Indaba of SANPARKS that is held annually.
K9 Project WatchDog
Poaching in our national parks remains a major conservation challenge in South Africa. The K9 Anti-Poaching Unit is considered a game changer in the Kruger National Park. During 2017, all encounters with poachers that involved dogs resulted in arrests.
Well-trained dogs, including breeds such as Belgian Shepherd (or Malinois) and Bloodhound-Doberman crossbreeds, are perfectly suited to track poachers in the field and detect firearms, ammunition and wildlife products that enter and exit through park gates. These remarkable dogs follow scents which may be hours old over impressive distances. Tracker dogs are deployed by helicopter or vehicle and operate throughout the Park.
Since its inception in 2012, the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit in the Kruger National Park has grown from 3 to 46 dogs. Following its success, the project has been extended to other national parks, with a total of 75 dogs now working across the country.
An integral contributor to the success of this unit is the support of the SANParks Honorary Rangers, the official SANParks volunteer organisation. These volunteers give freely of their time and skills to foster conservation in South Africa’s national parks. Their initiatives raise the funds and support that projects such as the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit owe their existence to.
Vaccinations, preventative medicines, optimum pet nutrition and safe, secure kennelling are paramount to ensuring a long and healthy life for these animals.
Your donation to ‘K9 Project Watchdog’ goes towards looking after these dogs to ensure that they receive care of the highest possible standard in support of the vital work they do.
Already, the project has achieved enormous success. The dogs not only provide the rangers with a loyal friend and companion, but with the benefits of their incredible scenting ability. Wherever they operate, the poaching figures drop and the arrest rate increases.