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Max, Naiko, and Tanja are four-paw members of our anti-poaching operations. Swipe through to peek into DSWT Canine Unit’s day:

Photo 1: Each of the Belgian Malinois is assigned to a specialized handler. As you can see, they’re quite a team on and off the field!

Photo 2: Not only are the professionally trained tracker dogs able to detect illegal wildlife products (ivory, rhino horn, bush meat, etc.), but they can also sniff out ammunition and follow poachers’ tracks.

Photo 3: The safety of the dogs and their handlers is paramount. While on patrol, the dogs have been trained to indicate when they are close to suspects, so armed rangers (who accompany them on every operation) can step in and take over.

Photo 4: We also take smaller safety precautions! Booties protect the dogs’ paws from sharp thorns.

Photo 5: If they’re not working, Max, Naiko, and Tanja are playing. Besides the obvious fun it affords, this strengthens the bonds between the dogs and their handlers.

Photo 6: Rest time is important too! The dogs’ custom-made kennels provide a cool and comfortable oasis in Tsavo.

Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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Prince William today joined forces with sporting royalty David Beckham to launch a United For Wildlife Campaign.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of United for Wildlife, launched #WhoseSideAreYouOn, a new campaign which harnesses the power of sport to raise awareness of conservation issues around the world. 

William was joined by David Beckham, who heads a team of high-profile sporting stars backing this campaign to engage young people’s support on social networks to combat the illegal trade in wildlife products.