Support to DNPW/CLZ K9 Unit Operations in Lower Zambezi, Zambia
In response to a surge in wildlife crime and trafficking from 2014-2016, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Conservation Lower Zambezi established specialized K9 Unit and Rapid Response Units to help in law enforcement. The four man three dog unit moves between trafficking hotspots in the areas surrounding the national park. Trained for both tracking and detection of illegal wildlife products including ivory, bushmeat, pangolin, rhino horn, rifles, ammunition and various pelts; the dogs have been conducting vehicle searches with their handlers at various checkpoints. This unit contributes to the goal of strangling channels of movement for illegal wildlife products. IEF is supporting the expansion of this unit with additional detection dogs, new equipment for dogs and handlers, new kennel, and refresher training for the current unit.