Uganda, home to roughly 5,000 elephants, has also emerged as a key point of transit for traffickers taking illegal ivory to Asia.
COMBATING THE PROBLEM
We're working closely with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to help the agency build its capacity and shut the door on this smuggling.
In support, we brought in Piper and Mia, a pair of sniffer dogs, who are now working with the UWA at Entebbe International Airport. Since they joined the airport team, the dogs have already played an important role in a number of busts.
Meet the Dogs
NAME: Piper BREED: English springer spaniel SEX: Male PERSONALITY: Gentle. Friendly. Always enjoys cuddling. Also athletic and accurate in searching.
NAME: Mia BREED: English springer spaniel SEX: Female PERSONALITY: Prefers to search over most other activities. Can cover huge areas in short time.
Let Piper and Mia (and the K9 team in Entebbe) know that you have their backs. Post a photo of your dog, or a friend's dog, with the hashtag #PupsForEles so they can see your support.
Last chance to make a difference in 2018: Your help is crucial to securing the resources to keep wildlife safe and protect the places they call home. Donate by December 31 to help save elephants and other threatened wildlife.