Brescia Houses raises awareness of the importance of the SANParks K9 unit

As poaching remains a major conservation challenge in our National Parks, Brescia House School has continued to raise awareness of the South African National Parks (SANParks) K9 Unit.

The Bryanston-based school recently hosted a combined Earth-Keeper/Eco-committee and Serviam project on St. Francis’s Day Oct. 4.

The project called Dogbowl saw the whole school body gather on lawns and create the shape of a massive paw print during school holidays.

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“The primary school also attended a special assembly where Honorary Rangers from SANParks came to address the students. Students, parents and staff have also been encouraged to help by donating to this very worthy cause,” said the school’s Marketing and Admissions Officer, Helga Bishop.

According to SANParks, since its inception, the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit has been seen as a game-changer for anti-poaching initiatives in Kruger National Park.

Since 2012, the unit has grown from three to 55 dogs.

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Well-trained dogs such as Bloodhound, Belgian Shepherd, or Malinois dogs are ideally suited to tracking poachers in the field and detecting firearms, ammunition, and wildlife products entering and exiting park gates. .

These remarkable dogs can track an hour-old scent for an impressive distance.

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