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Snif­fer dogs detect wildlife smug­gling in Russia

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pub­lished 24 August 2010 | mod­i­fied 05 March 2010

A pro­gramme of using snif­fer dogs to track down wildlife smug­gling is prov­ing a suc­cess in bor­der regions of the Russ­ian Far East (RFE).

44 dogs dogs in the Far East­ern Oper­a­tive Cus­toms’ snif­fer dog ser­vice have been spe­cially trained to locate wildlife parts, in par­tic­u­lar to rec­og­nize Tiger scent. Their exper­tise has resulted in sev­eral arrests, par­tic­u­larly in Biro­bidzhan on the Chi­nese bor­der, where wildlife seizures have included Tiger bones.

TRAF­FIC and WWF Rus­sia have pro­vided tech­ni­cal advice and train­ing for enforce­ment offi­cers involved in detect­ing wildlife crime, and in May 2009 assisted dur­ing the train­ing of 25 offi­cers from all RFE regions work­ing in the newly estab­lished snif­fer dog ser­vice.
There are plans to expand the use of dogs, with the con­struc­tion of a snif­fer dog train­ing cen­tre planned in Pri­morsky province in 2010. Cur­rently pos­si­bil­i­ties are being explored for obtain­ing fur­ther wildlife scent sam­ples for use in its train­ing pro­grammes. (Source: web­site TRAF­FIC)

UN Biodiversity decade

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

Tiger range countries map

Tiger map” (CC BY 2.5) by Sander­son et al., 2006.

about zoos and their mis­sion regard­ing breed­ing endan­gered species, nature con­ser­va­tion, bio­di­ver­sity and edu­ca­tion, which of course relates to the evo­lu­tion of species.
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