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On Monday 26 November 2018, Mozambique officially welcomed a specialised team of detection dogs and their handlers to Maputo.
Mozambique’s rich wildlife and other natural resources are key to the country’s sustainable development. However, with rich wildlife resources and proximity to South Africa’s largest rhino stronghold, Kruger National Park, Mozambique has been targeted and successfully infiltrated by criminal syndicates focused on wildlife crime.
Responding to this Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) has partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF, www.awf.org) to support Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC, www.anac.gov.mz ), in establishing and operating a specialized detection dog unit.
Six local handlers – four men and two women – have undergone training in Tanzania, under AWF’s Canines for Conservation Programme, whilst accommodation for staff, their dogs and associated operational infrastructure have been put in place to support the unit’s operations.
By 2020 the project will have deployed multiple specially trained detection dog teams, with skilled handlers, at various trafficking hotspots throughout Mozambique.