India has some incredible wildlife, and some even more incredible dogs. Poachers are a huge problem in wildlife reserves, and some units have enlisted the help of dogs to catch track them down.
Jorba a Belgian Malinois works for the Assam Dog Squad Unit, a unit aided by a dog that hunts down poachers; he’s the first of his kind. Jorba and his handler Anil Das have tracked down poachers in Kaziranga National Park and more in the state of Assam, India.
In one instance, two poachers were walking through Kaziranga National Park and alerted a camera trap. The camera trap was quickly discovered and the poachers tried to destroy it by throwing it into a nearby body of water. This wasn’t enough to stop Jorba though, who tracked their scent to the water. The camera was recovered and it had this photo stored inside.
Boom! Now that they had their faces, it wasn’t long until they were in cuffs.
In another case, Jorba was brought to the remains of an animal where the poachers had left an axe and bags. Jorba was able to track the scent across a river and to a nearby village where the poacher lived.
Jorba and his unit are protecting some of the last Royal Bengal Tigers and 3/4 of the last Indian one-horned Rhinos in the world. Since starting in the unit, Jorba has helped in the capture and arrest in over 30 cases. He’s been doing so well that they’re considering getting another pup.