This is a unique opportunity to experience life with an anti-poaching dog unit. Staying at the not-for-profit Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, you will be up early to train and patrol with the Dog Squad. In the afternoons there is the opportunity to visit the last three Northern White Rhinos and enjoy 4x4 game drives on a daily basis as well as a range of other safari activities.
You will be hosted and led by Daryll Pleasants, canine expert and Head Trainer for Animals Saving Animals (ASA) and big cat specialist Giles Clark who will provide expert insight about Ol Pejeta's many beautiful big cats including six pride of lion numbering 72 individals. Giles is head of the Big Cat Sanctuary but you may well recognise him as the star of the BBC TV series 'Tigers About the House' charting the progress of Spot and Stripe at Australia Zoo.
ASA is a small organisation based in the UK, founded by expert canine trainer Daryll Pleasants. ASA works alongside conservation organisations to assist in the prevention of wildlife crime through providing anti-poaching dogs and training to conservancies and national parks. ASA currently has twenty operational dogs deployed providing conservation support to four countries in Africa, and will be expanding to including India and Botswana in 2018. The Real Africa Trust's recent Explorers against Extinction campaign has raised enough funds for a team of two ASA dogs to be deployed to Botswana's Okavango Delta and an additional dog for Ol Pejeta - a tracking Spaniel.
Just one dog has the ability in favourable conditions to secure a wildlife habitat of up to 32km2 per night every night and the search capabilities of up to 60 rangers covering the same ground over the same time. Due to their superior senses, unlike humans, dogs can track in darkness meaning for the first time anti-poaching units now 'own the night'. In addition if deployed to the scene of a poaching incident within 20 minutes a tracker dog can be within eyesight of a moving poacher in just forty minutes. They can also exert 240psi of bite pressure and chase a target at 32km per hour. What’s more they cannot be corrupted or bribed and will work seven days a week providing they have 8 hours undisturbed rest. These are just some of the reasons why Frontline K9s are proving so effective in the battle against poaching, it is, as the name suggests, animals saving animals.
Ol Pejeta is a not-for-profit conservancy. It is also recognised as the largest sanctuary in East Africa for the critically endangered black rhino as well as being a haven for the last three Northern White Rhino in the world. Other vulnerable or endangered species that live at Ol Pejeta include elephant, African wild dog, cheetah, lion, leopard, hippo, Grevy’s zebra and the locally threatened Jackson’s hartebeest.
This very special Dog Squad week runs 25 March - 2 April 2018. The international flight departs 24 March. As well as learning about conservation and the vital role anti-poaching canine units play, you will also be directly contributing to ongoing conservation - Real Africa makes a contribution on behalf of every client to our charitable trust (registered charity no 1149508) and with this particular trip funds are donated to both Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Animals saving Animals. Thank you for your support.
The Real Africa Trust works with leading conservation organisations to raise awareness as well as raising funds for specific projects. Partners include Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino, The Sheldrick Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana and Animals saving Animals. You can find out more on our Conservation pages. On behalf of every client travelling, Real Africa makes a donation to the Trust. We work very closely with ASA and the dog squads, exhibiting at Hatfield House in July 2017 and raising well over $20,000 for them via our Explorers against Extinction campaign. This money will now fund a new dog squad for Rhino Conservation Botswana and a new tracking Spaniel for Ol Pejeta.Plan My Journey Speak To Us
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