RAT DETECTIVES CONTINUE GOOD WORK

Photo courtesy of APOPO

Annie DuPre-Reynolds, Manager, EWT Wildlife in Trade Programme
AnnieD@ewt.org.za

Over the past few years, we have worked with our partner, APOPO in Tanzania, to train African Giant Pouched Rats in detection work. These rats are now capable of smelling pangolin scales hidden in other substances and masking agents. The use of wildlife detection rats is very new, and we are excited to say that the proof-of-concept phase of this project was successful!

Photo courtesy of APOPO

The proof-of-concept phase was generously funded by the UK government through the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund and the US government through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We’re happy to share that this work will continue, thanks to funding from the German development agency GIZ and the Wold Conservation Network’s Pangolin Crisis Fund. The next phases of the project will expand the rat’s training to include detection of other wildlife products while developing unique deployment strategies to position the rats where they are needed most.

Thank you to all of our funders – watch this space for more updates on our Detection Rats!