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Paws and Boots Collectively Combating Poaching

Making CONTACT; a five-part mini-series celebrating and profiling anti-poaching K9 Items in South Africa’s nature reserves has been created and launched by Hill’s Pet Vitamin with conservation companions.

The collection tells the private tales of 5 of the canine and their handlers – the companionship, perseverance and connection between them and the necessary hyperlink with our pure setting. It additionally raises consciousness of the necessary protected areas, highlighting the important thing organisations and devoted people engaged on the bottom collectively to guard our pure heritage.

“This collection tells extra than simply the story of anti-poaching work, as an alternative bringing to mild the human and animal story that environmental challenges come up from, and the necessary connections that may assist present options”, says Zama Ncube of Wildlife ACT’s Group Conservation Programme Supervisor. 

Making CONTACT: profiling anti-poaching K9 Units in South Africa
Photograph by Casey Pratt / Love Africa Advertising and marketing

“This heart-warming collection not solely recognises the superb function that these canine play in defending our pure heritage but additionally their unbelievable handlers who, by their dedication to working with the canine, are making an actual distinction within the combat in opposition to poaching,” says Dr Man Fyvie, Veterinary Affairs Supervisor at Hill’s Pet Vitamin. 

Help from Hill’s Pet Vitamin

At the moment, Hill’s Pet Vitamin sponsors over 46 canine within the K9 Unit within the Kruger Nationwide Park, two in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and 14 in different parks across the nation.

“There are substantial prices concerned with coaching, feeding and taking care of the well being of the K9 unit canine and Hill’s Pet Vitamin has proudly been sponsoring the items with meals, gear and healthcare for the final decade,” says Dr Fyvie. 

Johan de Beer, K9 Supervisor, Kruger Nationwide Park of South African Nationwide Parks, says that this beneficiant ongoing donation is a good assist in coaching and sustaining these canine in order that they will carry out at their absolute best. “We hope that by highlighting the work these canine are doing, South Africans will assist us to maintain paws and boots on the bottom and increase our K9 items.”

Making CONTACT: profiling anti-poaching K9 Units in South Africa
Photograph by Casey Pratt / Love Africa Advertising and marketing

How Wildlife ACT is concerned

As a long run conservation accomplice of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Wildlife ACT has offered help within the institution and funding of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park K9 Unit. By way of this partnership, funds raised by the Making CONTACT marketing campaign and collection (in collaboration with Ezemvelo KZN Wildife, SANParks and Mission Watchdog) can be directed to the K9 conservation items of each SANParks and Hhluhluwe iMfolozi Park. 

“The important thing to success of any K9 Unit is consistency over the long run, with devoted handlers and canine studying and understanding the panorama and the particular working setting of the park. It’s nice to have the ability to help the Unit and guarantee all the weather of the Park’s technique are enabled.” mentioned Mark Gerrard, Managing Director of Wildlife ACT.

Making CONTACT: profiling anti-poaching K9 Units in South Africa
Photograph by Casey Pratt / Love Africa Advertising and marketing

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife:

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, located in KwaZulu-Natal, is sometimes called the ‘birthplace of Rhino’ because it was this space the place the Southern White Rhino was saved from the brink of extinction, over half a century in the past. Beneath menace from poaching, the Park should constantly undertake and adapt strategies to guard the species and guarantee this significant inhabitants is conserved into the longer term.

The Park is residence to the most important inhabitants of Rhino outdoors of the Kruger Nationwide Park and is managed by the Provincial Conservation Authority, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The Hluhluwe iMfolozi K9 Unit was revamped in 2020, and at current has two handlers and two Doberman/Bloodhounds breeds referred to as Ghost and Gecko. This breed, categorised as chilly scent canine, has the power to observe scents which can be as much as eight hours outdated.

“The K9 unit has an unbelievable success price and the deterrent issue of getting such a unit on website can by no means be underestimated,” says Dennis Kelly, Makhamisa Part Ranger, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.


“The K9 anti-poaching unit is taken into account a sport changer for South African Nationwide Parks,” says De Beer.  Since its inception in 2012, the unit within the Kruger Nationwide Park has grown from three to 46 canine. Following nice success, the mission was prolonged to different nationwide parks with a complete of 60 canine now working across the nation. 

“Properly-trained canine breeds resembling Bloodhound, Belgian Shepherd and Malinois are completely suited to trace poachers and to detect firearms, ammunition and wildlife merchandise that enter and exit by park gates,” says De Beer.

Making CONTACT: profiling anti-poaching K9 Units in South Africa
Photograph by Casey Pratt / Love Africa Advertising and marketing

A brief synopsis of the Making CONTACT episodes.

The complete collection will be seen by visiting this hyperlink:

Episode 1: Ghost Path – amongst the brutal actuality of conservation, caring companions are shaped.

Episode 2: Life Line – anti-poaching K9 groups danger their lives every single day. The canine’ heightened senses and physique language turn into invaluable to their handlers. The dangers are actual, and the result is unpredictable.

Episode 3: Collectively United – the combat in opposition to poaching can’t be tackled individually. As a way to obtain success anti-poaching items want the assistance of a crew.

Episode 4: S.E.A.M. crew – an ongoing silent conflict inside our tranquil oceans is going down. As people we are likely to create a commodity out of our nationwide heritage.

Episode 5: Disconnect. Reconnect. – to attach with our pure setting is to be taught from it, to respect it and to find it irresistible.

Along with Hill’s Pet Vitamin, South Africans are being referred to as upon to assist preserve paws and boots on the bottom by donating to the K9 anti-poaching items.  Donations will be made right here with all proceeds going to the SANParks K9 Unit and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife K9 Items.

“Serving to to guard and preserve our planet and wildlife is of world significance for Hill’s Pet Vitamin. The wild areas and their inhabitants is the place we go to maintain our spirit alive and must be conserved for generations to return,” says Dr Fyvie.

Photographs by Casey Pratt of Love Africa Advertising and marketing

Sequence manufacturing by Love Africa Advertising and marketing



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