Meet Bandit, the Dog Who Protects Rhinos And Elephants In Africa
Turns out dog is also an elephant’s best friend, too.
Bandit is a two-year old dog who works at Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania to help protect rhinos and elephants from poachers.
The pooch’s official title is ‘Infantry Patrol,’ which means he is trained to work with his handler, Penyelli, with whom he has a strong bond, to help sniff out the poachers. In some instances, Bandit can detect the presence of a poacher from up to almost a mile away. Once he does, he then springs into action and apprehends the criminal by biting any body part that he can hold onto.
Bandit’s amazing sense of smell can also locate gunfire, which is sometimes difficult for a human nose to identify in the African park when only a few shots have been fired.
Bandit was destined to be an anti-poaching dog. He was one of eleven puppies who were donated to the UK based non-profit organization, Animals Saving Animals, whose mission is to “train animals to save animals.”
After using man — and women — and drones to help curb poaching, it just makes sense to use these smart dogs to do the same. However, the price of a fully trained dog costs upwards of $15,000, so that’s why the organization has set up an IndieGogo campaign called “Puppies to Protectors” to raise funds for these extraordinary hounds.
We think it’s a tremendous cause, and we salute Bandit on his bravery and courage to protect Africa rhinos and elephants.
Photo: Africa Geographic