Monday 18 January 2016

Kenya ivory detection dogs make four busts in one week

Ivory detection dogs at Kenya's Jomo kenyatta International Airport have made four ivory busts in one week. In each case the ivory was in the luggage of passengers travelling to China. At least two of those arrested were transiting from Ghana and Mozambique, so the ivory could have come from much further afield.

Most of the ivory had already been worked into necklaces, bangles and various other trinkets. This is an increasingly common occurrence, given the number of Chinese now working in Africa.

The dogs and their handlers graduated from the AWF Conservation Canine program in July, after two months intensive training. Other teams from Tanzania have been similarly trained and deployed to Julius Nyerere Airport and the Port of Dar es Salaam.

Kenyan Teams have been deployed to Nairobi and Mombasa airports.

We need more dogs as they can make such a huge contribution to the fight against poaching.

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