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Dogs Are Saving Elephants From Becoming Endangered. Here’s How.

Some of the most skilled tracking dogs in Africa don't track game; they don't sniff out bombs or drugs. They sniff out elephant poachers. [caption id="attachment_28348" align="aligncenter" width="640"]africa1 Image via National Geographic[/caption] The Tarangire National Park employs the Big Life Tracker Dog Unit to prevent poaching because dogs can be trusted, even in a politically volatile environment. [caption id="attachment_28355" align="aligncenter" width="640"]africa8 Image via Big Life[/caption] "Dogs are wonderful to work with because they don't have any political agenda—they can't be compromised," said the director of Big Life. "They love their handlers, and they do a job until the job is done." [caption id="attachment_28353" align="aligncenter" width="640"]africa6 Image via Big Life[/caption] Some of the dogs, like Didi below, were stray before being rescued and trained by Big Life. Now the dogs return the favor by saving the lives of other animals. [caption id="attachment_28351" align="aligncenter" width="640"]africa4 Image via National Geographic[/caption] If Didi and her fellow pups hadn't been rescued, they wouldn't be able to save other types of pups, like elephant pups! [caption id="attachment_28356" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Elephant Orphans MM7913 Image via National Geographic[/caption] Big Life Tracker Dogs follow scent trails to lead to park rangers to poacher hideouts. Try as they might, the poachers can't outsmart the instincts of a good dog. [caption id="attachment_28350" align="aligncenter" width="640"]africa3 Image via National Geographic[/caption] The dogs are able to work the long hours and maneuver through the wild terrain without tiring or losing their high spirit. Tracking poachers is hard work, but for these pups it's a labor of ruv. [caption id="attachment_28357" align="aligncenter" width="640"]africa10 Image via Big Life[/caption] Many national parks in Africa now use tracker dogs because of how successful the practice has been for capturing and deterring poachers. [caption id="attachment_28352" align="aligncenter" width="640"]africa5 Image via National Geographic[/caption] So high paws to the tracker dogs and rangers of Africa's national parks, for protecting the animals who can't protect themselves, and for showing how great a rescue can be! [caption id="attachment_28354" align="aligncenter" width="640"]africa7 Image via Big Life[/caption]
Featured image via National Geographic
h/t to National Geographic
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