Mechem dogs doing their bit to counter rhino and other wildlife poaching
Tracker dogs trained by Denel are having increasing success in curbing the smuggling of rhino horn and ivory in the Kruger National Park. Six tracker dog teams consisting of dogs and their handlers have been deployed in the KNP since September last year in terms of an agreement between Denel Mechem and South African National Parks. Ten more dogs will soon see action at gates and entrances to the Park to detect hidden firearms and ammunition or smuggled contraband. Dr Hannes Slabbert, Senior Manager: Canine Business at Mechem, said well-trained dog and handler teams remain among the most effective solutions to track and apprehend poachers in a vast terrain such as Kruger. “Our successes show the number of rhinos killed for their horns in the iconic park would have been much higher if not for the actions of our canine units.” Mechem has a global reputation for the quality of its sniffer dogs used to detect landmines and unexploded ordnance in conflict zones.