Puppy patrol

By Samara on April 4, 2020
Meet our newest team-member! Dutchie is a 6-month-old puppy being trained to lead the K9 division of Samara's anti-poaching unit.

Dutchie is a short-haired Dutch Shepherd (yes, a highly original name!) – a herding dog of Dutch origin. These dogs are intelligent, highly trainable and love the physical and mental stimulation of work. Originally used by shepherds and farmers who needed a versatile dog capable of adapting to challenging and sometimes harsh circumstances, Dutch Shepherds have more recently been used as police dogs, and they are naturals when it comes to anti-poaching efforts.

Dutchie herself is still young but is proving she possesses all the characteristics that her breed is known for: agility, loyalty, watchfulness and intuition. She will be used primarily for her tracking abilities as a sniffer dog to located suspected poachers and firearms. Dutchie already shares a strong bond with her handler, Jan Dunn, who heads up Samara’s Anti-Poaching Unit. The unit’s aim is to prevent the poaching of rhinos and elephants for their horns and ivory, through a strategy of surveillance, deterrence and rapid response.


We offer our heartfelt thanks to Tom & Linda Rawles and Operation Pachamama for supporting our Anti-Poaching Unit, including the acquisition of Dutchie.


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