The first anti-poaching dog arrives at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)

Zee - first anti-poaching dog at HESC
We are proud to announce the arrival of our first anti-poaching dog, named Zee. Zee was purchased from John Quinton Swartz from Rent-A-Dog, at a total cost of R69 000 (which includes training for the handler). John trained Zee in tracking, obedience and man-work, and was brought to HESC on Wednesday, 22 June 2016.
Zee is a female Malinois (pronounced Mal-in-wah). The Malinois is a medium-sized dog that resembles a German Shepherd at first glance. Malinois are short-haired, fawn-coloured dogs with a black mask. They are sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd dog rather than as a separate breed.
Zee - anti-poaching dog
The name “Malinois” is derived from Malines, the French name for the breed’s city of origin. They are highly intelligent, alert, protective, confident and watchful. They are also very active hard-working dogs, with a great deal of stamina.
These dogs were originally bred to be herd dogs. Today, they also work as police dogs, protection dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs and play a huge role in the fight against poaching. They can detect explosives, accelerants, narcotics, ivory and rhino horn. They are also excellent in tracking humans.
Zee - first anti-poaching dog at HESC
Zee, together with her handler, will play a very important role in the protection of the rhinos and other endangered species in our care. Zee is capable of suspect apprehension should there be a need to do so. She is specially trained to bite, but only upon command and only in a life-threatening situation if there is a need for self-defense.
We are excited about the Zee’s arrival, and look forward to doing great work with her, and hopefully the rest of the dogs to follow.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Bernie

    Welcome to Zee 😉
    She’s pretty and looks smart too.
    I’m sure she will very effective for the HESC.
    Tremble poachers ! And watch your back… Zee’s coming !

  2. Lori

    Welcome Zee. I know you will be well taken care of and loved. The rhinos will be grateful for your hard work as will any other animals in danger from the miserable sub human poachers. Do a good job and let’s hope that if there are poachers nearby you show them who is boss. Just show them your teeth! YOU. GO ZEE!

  3. Noleen

    Love the idea that Zee is now on board with HESC. Look forward to many pictures and stories about her.

  4. Esther

    Zee is a beautiful dog! Do they have only one handler, I would imagine. Good luck and many more!!!

    1. HESC

      Thank you Esther!

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