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  95 of our poaching arrests are made with the help of sniffer dogs says Johan de Beer K9 Manager Kruger National Park of South African National Parks Hill s Pet Nutrition www HillsPet com currently sponsors more than 46 dogs in the Kruger National Park s K9 unit two in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and 14 in other parks around the country This heartwarming series not only recognizes the incredible role these dogs play in protecting our natural heritage but also their incredible handlers who through their commitment to working with the dogs are making a real difference in the fight against poaching says Dr Guy Fyvie manager of Veterinary Affairs for Hill s Pet Nutrition The series tells the personal stories of five of the dogs and their handlers the companionship perseverance and connection between them and the important bond with our natural environment It also raises awareness of the key organizations protected areas and individuals on the ground who are working together to protect our natural heritage There are substantial costs involved with training feeding and health care for the K9 unit dogs and Hill s Pet Nutrition has been proud to sponsor the units with food equipment and medical care for the past decade says Dr Fyvie De Beer says this generous ongoing donation goes a long way in training and maintaining these dogs so they can perform at their best We hope that by highlighting the work these dogs are doing South Africans will help us keep our paws and boots on the ground and expand our K9 units Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park located in KwaZulu Natal is often referred to as the birthplace of the rhinoceros as it was this area where the southern white rhinoceros was saved from the brink of extinction more than half a century Under threat from poaching the park must continually adopt and adapt methods to protect the species and ensure this crucial population is conserved into the future The park is home to the largest population of rhinos outside the Kruger National Park and is managed by the Provincial Conservation Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife The Hluhluwe iMfolozi K9 Unit was revamped in 2020 and currently have two handlers and two Doberman Bloodhound breeds named Ghost and Gecko that are classified as cold scented dogs with the ability to follow scents that are up to eight hours old The K9 unit has an incredible success rate and the deterrent of having such a unit on site can never be underestimated says Dennis Kelly Makhamisa Section Ranger Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife SANPARKS The K9 anti poaching drive is seen as a game changer for South African National Parks says De Beer Since its inception in 2012 the unit in the Kruger National Park has grown from three to 46 dogs Following great success the project was expanded to other national parks with a total of 60 dogs now working across the country Well trained dog breeds like the Bloodhound Belgian Shepherd and Malinois are perfectly suited to tracking poachers and detecting firearms ammunition and wildlife products coming in and out of park gates DeBeer says A brief synopsis of the episodes the complete series can be viewed by visiting this link https bit ly 3A4DLQz Episode 1 Ghost Trail Amidst the brutal realities of conservation caring companions are formed Episode 2 Life Line K9 anti poaching teams put their lives on the line every day The keen senses and body language of dogs become invaluable to their handlers The risks are real and the outcome is unpredictable Episode 3 Together United The fight against poaching cannot be tackled individually Successful anti poaching units require the help of a team Episode 4 SEAM Team An ongoing silent war is taking place within our calm oceans As human beings we tend to create a commodity out of our national heritage Episode 5 Disconnect Please reconnect connecting with our natural environment is learning from it respecting it and loving it Together with Hill s Pet Nutrition South Africans are being asked to help keep paws and boots on the ground by donating to K9 anti poaching units Donations can be made here https bit ly 3QOfLba with all proceeds going to the SANParks K9 Unit and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife K9 Units Helping to protect and conserve our planet and wildlife is of global importance to Hill s Pet Nutrition Wilderness and its inhabitants are where we go to keep our spirit alive and should be preserved for generations to come says Dr Fyvie
Paws and boots together on the ground fighting poaching

1 “95% of our poaching arrests are made with the help of sniffer dogs,” says Johan de Beer, K9 Manager, Kruger National Park of South African National Parks.

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2 Hill’s Pet Nutrition (www.HillsPet.com) currently sponsors more than 46 dogs in the Kruger National Park’s K9 unit, two in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and 14 in other parks around the country.

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3 “This heartwarming series not only recognizes the incredible role these dogs play in protecting our natural heritage, but also their incredible handlers who, through their commitment to working with the dogs, are making a real difference in the fight against poaching,” says Dr. Guy Fyvie, manager of Veterinary Affairs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

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4 The series tells the personal stories of five of the dogs and their handlers: the companionship, perseverance and connection between them and the important bond with our natural environment.

5 It also raises awareness of the key organizations, protected areas and individuals on the ground who are working together to protect our natural heritage.” There are substantial costs involved with training, feeding and health care for the K9 unit dogs and Hill’s Pet Nutrition has been proud to sponsor the units with food, equipment and medical care for the past decade,” says Dr. Fyvie.

6 De Beer says this generous ongoing donation goes a long way in training and maintaining these dogs so they can perform at their best.

7 “We hope that by highlighting the work these dogs are doing, South Africans will help us keep our paws and boots on the ground and expand our K9 units.”

8 Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, located in KwaZulu-Natal, is often referred to as the “birthplace of the rhinoceros” as it was this area where the southern white rhinoceros was saved from the brink of extinction, more than half a century.

9 Under threat from poaching, the park must continually adopt and adapt methods to protect the species and ensure this crucial population is conserved into the future.

10 The park is home to the largest population of rhinos outside the Kruger National Park and is managed by the Provincial Conservation Authority, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

11 The Hluhluwe iMfolozi K9 Unit was revamped in 2020, and currently have two handlers and two Doberman/Bloodhound breeds named Ghost and Gecko that are classified as cold-scented dogs with the ability to follow scents that are up to eight hours old.

12 “The K9 unit has an incredible success rate and the deterrent of having such a unit on site can never be underestimated,” says Dennis Kelly, Makhamisa Section Ranger, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

13 SANPARKS: “The K9 anti-poaching drive is seen as a game changer for South African National Parks,” says De Beer. Since its inception in 2012, the unit in the Kruger National Park has grown from three to 46 dogs.

14 Following great success, the project was expanded to other national parks with a total of 60 dogs now working across the country.

15 “Well-trained dog breeds like the Bloodhound, Belgian Shepherd and Malinois are perfectly suited to tracking poachers and detecting firearms, ammunition and wildlife products coming in and out of park gates” DeBeer says.

16 A brief synopsis of the episodes, the complete series can be viewed by visiting this link (https://bit.ly/3A4DLQz): Episode 1: Ghost Trail – Amidst the brutal realities of conservation, caring companions are formed.

17 Episode 2: Life Line – K9 anti-poaching teams put their lives on the line every day.

18 The keen senses and body language of dogs become invaluable to their handlers.

19 The risks are real and the outcome is unpredictable.

20 Episode 3: Together United – The fight against poaching cannot be tackled individually.

21 Successful anti-poaching units require the help of a team.

22 Episode 4: SEAM Team – An ongoing silent war is taking place within our calm oceans.

23 As human beings, we tend to create a commodity out of our national heritage.

24 Episode 5: Disconnect.

25 Please reconnect.

26 – connecting with our natural environment is learning from it, respecting it and loving it.

27 Together with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, South Africans are being asked to help keep paws and boots on the ground by donating to K9 anti-poaching units.

28 Donations can be made here (https://bit.ly/3QOfLba) with all proceeds going to the SANParks K9 Unit and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife K9 Units.

29 “Helping to protect and conserve our planet and wildlife is of global importance to Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

30 Wilderness and its inhabitants are where we go to keep our spirit alive and should be preserved for generations to come,” says Dr. Fyvie.

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