Canine enforcement to save South Luangwa’s elephants
Reversing elephant poaching requires reducing demand, halting the trafficking and transport, and increasing enforcement where elephants are found. Working Dogs for Conservation (WD4C) is both a leader in the conservation detection dog field and the founder and driver of the Conservation Detection Dog Network for Africa.
IEF is supporting dog-handler teams combating ivory trafficking in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia, which represents the last stronghold for elephants in Zambia. Dog teams will work primarily at “snap roadblocks” and rail stations where vehicles will be searched for ivory headed for Asia via Malawi, Mozambique, Angola or Zimbabwe. Ivory seizures will increase the cost and risks of poaching and will provide critically important intelligence for on-the-ground enforcement and infiltration of international trafficking rings. Through sound monitoring, active learning and good communications, this program will become a model for Africa and beyond.