WATCH: A day in the life of a ranger's dog

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A day in the life of a ranger's dog involves jumping into helicopters, tracking poachers in the national parks or searching for illegal firearms or rhino horn potentially hidden in vehicles entering or leaving the park. "Ranger's dogs are often the first respondents to incidences of suspected poaching," says Bruce Leslie, regional ranger for special operations at SANParks.

Referred to as the "game changers", the canine unit in the Kruger National Park form an integral part of the anti-poaching team. The unit comprises of approximately 52 dogs that perform an array of functions. To support the K9 Unit, click here.