Sniffer dog unit, Zambia

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Grantee Conservation Lower Zambezi
Type Anti-trafficking
Location Zambia
Total Granted Confidential

A sniffer dog unit designed to interdict the high level of illegal trafficking from Zambia into Malawi and Mozambique was established in the Lower Zambezi National Park. The ECF provided supplemental funding to a grant from USAID. The unit has now completed intense training with the dogs, and in April this year, had its first successful ivory recovery during an operation in the Lower Zambezi Area. During a routine road block one of the sniffer dogs, Lego, identified on one particular bag which was then searched by accompanying DNPW officers and a pair of tusks discovered. The ivory confiscation was a great success for the unit and hopefully the first of many.