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Bandit, the anti-poaching dog who worked at Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania to help protect rhinos and elephants from poachers, has died.Bandit, the anti-poaching dog who worked at Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania to help protect rhinos and elephants from poachers, has died.

Meet Bandit, the Dog Who Protects Rhinos And Elephants In Africa

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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.

Via Africa Geographic 

Photo: Africa Geographic

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  • Leonard

    An excerpt from my Letters of Love for my sweet Fanny Lynn Busby…

    I could wax on and on
    From dusk til dawn
    about my sweet Fanny Lynn
    Again and again

    So please beware
    My sweet Fanny fair
    The whispering bottom
    For it may
    On any given day
    Blow a hot one

  • cooki2581

    I think it’s great he’s able to sniff out the poachers but I worry that he will be hurt attacking them. If there are multiple, he could be beaten or shot. Poachers are ruthless.

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