Series on anti-poaching K9 units to keep paws and boots on the ground

Posted on 11 July 2022 By Taylah Strauss

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has premiered a five-part mini-series titled Making CONTACT that details anti-poaching K9 units in nature reserves in South Africa.

The series will detail the personal stories of five dogs and their handlers, and aims to raise awareness surrounding protected areas and individuals working on the ground towards wildlife and nature conservation.

‘95% of our poaching arrests are made with the help of tracker dogs,’ said Johan de Beer, K9 Manager of Kruger National Park. Hill’s Pet Nutrition sponsors over 46 dogs in Kruger’s K9 unit alone, with an additional 14 in other parts of the country.

‘There are substantial costs involved with training, feeding and looking after the health of the K9 unit dogs and Hill’s Pet Nutrition has proudly been sponsoring the units with food, equipment and healthcare for the last decade,’ said Dr Guy Fyvie from Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

‘We hope that by highlighting the work these dogs are doing, South Africans will help us to keep paws and boots on the ground and expand our K9 units,’ says de Beer.

Below is a short synopsis of each episode. They can be watched here.

Episode 1: Ghost Trail – companions formed on the ground

Episode 2: Life Line – the day-to-day operations of K9 units

Episode 3: Together United – highlights the importance of team efforts

Episode 4: S.E.A.M. team – the troubles with our oceans

Episode 5: Disconnect. Reconnect. – plug out and tap into nature

If you want to join Hill’s Pet Nutrition in keeping paws and boots on the ground, donate to K9 anti-poaching units here.

Pictures: Supplied


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