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By: Amy Yee

These Dogs Protect Elephants

National Geographic


Dogs help protect elephants
Dick, a member of the Kenyan Wildlife Service's canine unit, carries a piece of ivory during a training exercise at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi. Photo: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

The roar of airplanes and rumble of trucks at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport doesn’t bother Rocco as he gets to work. In a cargo-loading area, he leaps onto a conveyor belt carrying luggage bound for destinations around the world. He runs purposefully from one suitcase to the next, sniffing each. He stops dead in his tracks at a small bag, briefly sits, then lunges for his reward—a rubber toy his handler presents to him.

Rocco has found what X-ray machines and human screeners could easily miss: a piece of ivory. The hand-size tip of an elephant’s tusk was hidden inside the bag for a demonstration of the canine’s olfactory prowess.

Read more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160427-kenya-wildlife-service-sniffer-dogs-smuggled-ivory-airport-port-elephant-poaching/

 

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