SOUTH AFRICA — Rhino poaching is a widespread problem in South Africa with over 1,000 rhinos killed in 2015 alone. Yet despite the astounding loss last year, one Belgian Malinois dog and his team are doing everything they can to put a stop to the poachers and ensure the longevity of the Rhino species. The Belgian Malinois, whose name is Killer, has been working in the Kruger National Park to help capture the rhino poachers. Due to the high concentration of rhinos living inside of the national park, the poachers are often found hunting on its land. In particular, the rhinos are hunted for their horns, which are worth a lot of money.
Since Killer and his handler Amos Mzimba, began waging a war on rhino poachers, they have contributed to the arrests of 115 wildlife criminals. Killer and Mzimba are flown into the park by helicopter where they track and then apprehend armed poachers who are spotted. On January 11th, 2016, comedian Ricky Gervais honoured the work that Killer does by officially announcing Killer’s award, which he was first given to him in December. When killer was first presented with the award, Prince Harry even paid him a visit to tell him and his handler congratulations.
The award has been called the, “George’s Cross for animals,” and was awarded to him by People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). The six-year-old dog has received one of the highest honours a non-military dog can receive as a thank you for his bravery and devotion. Watch the two-minute clip below, to learn more about Killer and the work that he does.
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