Saving Endangered Turtles and Pangolins In Asia With Dogs

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world with more than a million poached in the last decade. But we are breaking new barriers using K9s to find hard to find endangered species in challenging habitats.

Photo Credit : Ton Mooij

Clive, a 1.5-year-old black English Labrador, is part of the Global Conservation Force K9 Unit, trained by Wesley Visscher of @ScentImprintConservationDogs. Clive has been trained to detect live pangolins and endangered turtles as well as pangolin scales hidden in illegal shipments.

Last month, Caeser, of @CreativeConservationAlliance , has been going through the handler hand over training with Clive. We are excited to share that Clive is finally leaving for his field deployment to Bangladesh.

“Conservation or wildlife detection dogs are proving to be a very effective tool in conservation, research and combating illegal wildlife trade around the world. There are 900+ peer-reviewed publications on the use of detection dogs from over 65 different countries around the world.” – Caeser Rahman

We would like to send a special thank you to all involved to make this project a success. Our donors, our team members, our partners, the staff of Scent Imprint Conservation Dogs, and the team at the Creative Conservation Alliance. This exciting conservation K9 placement marks the first formal conservation working dog in the country of Bangladesh!

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