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.