K9 Conservation trains canines to work in wildlife conservation.
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they are also the best friend of rhino and pangolin. And they may just be the best weapon we have to prevent poaching.
We will be working with K9 Conservation for our ConservationK9 project in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.
The care and oversight of ConservationK9 dogs will be directed by the APU unit on the Amakhosi Game Reserve. However, they will be utilized by multiple reserves in the Northern KwaZulu-Natal region. We are most appreciative that Amakhosi is willing to take on the responsibility of the canines and will work to help protect the wildlife of the larger region.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is the organization that oversees the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation areas. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve is one of the reserves under Ezemvelo’s charge.
iMfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest nature reserve in all of Africa and is the home of the ProjectThorn – Hornucopia Horse Patrol.
We have worked with Grant on 2 of the ProjectThorn’s projects – The one that began it all, RhinoArt and the horse patrol for iMfolozi. Without Grant’s constant persistence and his dedication to navigating the management in the park to repair the stables, train the horses and the rangers, and source all the equipment, we would not have been able to implement the program. We are grateful to Grant for his passion to save wildlife.
Grant wrote Saving the Last Rhino in collaboration with Graham Spence. The is available for purchase in the US. (He dedicates a chapter of the book to the role of horses in conservation and talks about our horse project). Grant is currently working on his second book Rewilding Africa.
April 2016, we participated at the Mill Valley, Earth Day, Marin Parks and Recreation event sharing information with the public about rhino poaching. We gave the children the opportunity to be creative and share their ideas of how and why we should save rhinos.