Project Description

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 a specialized K9 and Rapid Response Unit to help in law enforcement. IEF support in 2020 allowed the expansion of the unit to a 3 dog, an 11-man team that 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 checkpoints eliminating channels of movement for illegal wildlife products.