CWF’s Field Co-ordinatoris a very experienced dog trainer whose previous job included training and supervision of Anti Poaching Dog Units. One of our rangers has much experience in the same field of dog training in the Police. Our Manager is a veterinarian. Already this team has offered support and advice to two separately existing small dog units – one is operational, the other pending. So given the vast size of the areas needing protection, there is need for this facility that works well in other parks all over Africa.
So funding is required to set up a small two dog unit for CWF.
This would be of great use for detection work, both on patrol and in vehicles entering and exiting the park or Forestry land, and even for searches on the train along the railway line and many siding stops bordering the north of HNP.
The same staff, along with another of our rangers are accomplished horsemen. Our Field Co-ordinator already owns his own horse based on the border of Hwange at HWANGE HORSEBACK SAFARIS who already sometimes co-operate with CWF staff to do some limited ant-poaching patrols on horseback. Historically this method was effectively used in HNP so subject to funding and expansion, CWF could operate a small horse unit of its own, given that facilities exist that we may partner with.
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