Conservation Canines to Save our Species from illegal wildlife trade

Conservation Canines to Save our Species from illegal wildlife trade

With funding from the IUCN Save Our Species Rapid Action Grant and the European Union, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) aims to reduce illegal wildlife trade by preventing wildlife poaching. We use our Conservation Canines to achieve this by training and deploying them to detect wildlife products and track poachers.

Jun 2, 2022
The brave journey of smoke and her pack of african wild dogs

The brave journey of smoke and her pack of african wild dogs

In 2018, the Nqolothi Wild Dog pack, led by a female named Smoke, left the protection of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and settled in nearby communal land.

Jun 5, 2020
Lockdown doesn’t mean slow down for these Conservation Canines

Lockdown doesn’t mean slow down for these Conservation Canines

The lockdown has brought new challenges, but our Conservation Canines continue to work (and play) as hard as ever.

Jun 4, 2020
Who let the dogs out?

Who let the dogs out?

The EWT Conservation Canines are sniffing and tracking their way into a busy 2020! From screening vehicles for wildlife products, to tracking in game reserves, to anti-poaching initiatives, our canines support the conservation sector in well-structured security plans.

Mar 3, 2020
Puppy power

Puppy power

The Livestock Guarding Dog Project at Ingula has been a major success thus far. The project offers a long-term solution to secure valuable habitat for carnivore populations on Ingula Nature Reserve including leopards, Brown Hyaenas, Spotted Hyaenas, Black-backed Jackals, Serval and Caracal.

Sep 27, 2019
Fighting for our rhinos

Fighting for our rhinos

Few people are unaware of the rhino poaching crisis which persists in South Africa. 7,900 rhinos have been poached in South Africa since 2008 for their horns. These horns are then smuggled out of South Africa to demand countries, primarily in Asia. In an effort to combat the illegal trade and smuggling of rhino horn, the EWT will be partnering with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries to enhance detection capabilities at ports of entry and exit through the use of highly trained canines. These canines will screen cargo and luggage for wildlife products like rhino horn.

Sep 27, 2019
Girl Power!

Girl Power!

Esther Matthews is a highly dedicated and motivated conservationist, who aims to become a leader in conservation canine research.

Aug 21, 2019