Protecting elephants through Conservation Dogs
The use of conservation detection dogs has spread rapidly worldwide and particularly in Africa. Reversing elephant poaching requires reducing demand, halting the trafficking and transport, and increasing enforcement. Dog-handler teams combat ivory trafficking by working primarily at “snap roadblocks” and rail stations where vehicles are searched. The CDDNA was created at the request of existing dog programs in Africa to improve the efficacy, efficiency and sustainability of existing activities and facilitate the establishment of a comprehensive program by providing technical support for dog and handler training, veterinary care, and canine project management, including integration with other law enforcement to strengthen enforcement efforts.