By Nancy Mwape
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) plans to introduce sniffer dogs in 18 African countries including Zambia to curb poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.
AWF chief executive officer Patrick Bergin said his organisation has introduced sniffer dogs in Kenya and plans to roll out the programme to 17 other countries to prevent wildlife trafficking.
“We are contracting a canine dog security company from Europe to breed dogs for three years and train them in detection of ivory and rhino horns.
“The dogs will be located at seaports, airports and border entry points,” he said this at a media briefing in Livingstone on Friday.
Mr Bergin is concerned that poaching targeted at elephants and rhinoceros is on the increase.
“This is a big investment that we are ready to support but we also want to see Government taking interest to sustain the project,” he said.
AWF has prioritised protection of endangered species like elephants, rhinos, African hunting dogs and apes.
Mr Bergin also said the African wild dogs are endangered species due to human-carnivore conflict.