In Africa, poaching is a serious concern. Over 1,000 rhinos have been killed in 2014, and elephants are at risk because poachers kill them for their ivory. Part of the potential solution? Dogs, trained to sniff out contraband and chase down poachers.

An anti-poaching academy northwest of Johannesburg trains dogs and their handlers and currently has about 50 adult dogs in their program. Not only are these dogs trained to detect contraband, but handlers work with the dogs to actually rappel out helicopters in harnesses to catch poachers!

Unfortunately, dogs won’t solve the poaching problems in Africa. But they are playing an important role in detecting firearms and contraband, and hopefully they will reduce the number of rhinos, elephants, and other endangered animals that are killed.

Read more about the dogs that could help save the rhinos here.

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