Throughout Africa, the effort to curb the heinous crime of rhino poaching has been a decades-long battle. Now, specially trained dogs are helping save the continent’s endangered rhinos.
Rhinos are illegally hunted and slaughtered for their horns, which are exported and used for unregistered medical purposes and the production of luxury goods. Only 20,000 white rhinos and 5,000 critically endangered black rhinos remain in the wild across Africa today. Striving to preserve the species, organizations in Kenya and South Africa have resorted to alternative means. One such creative solution is training dogs to patrol wildlife-populated areas and nab intruders.