Detection dogs from the United States are trained to detect weapons and contraband ivory. They live in guarded enclosures, and a keeper stays with them inside at all times.
The dogs love their work and bond with their handlers. They have been in place for about a year and are not only good at detecting, but also as deterrents.Word gets out quickly that they are on the job, and that alone helps discourage would-be poachers.
Programs like the Conservation South Luangwa need to stay one step ahead of poachers and illegal activity, and detection dogs are highly successful in several parts of Africa where it is a day-to-day struggle to protect wildlife from poaching.