Meet the Dog Trained to Take Down Poachers

Diego is an anti-poaching dog working for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, a critical sanctuary for endangered rhinos in Africa and the home of the last male northern white rhino. In this striking short film by Tom Aveling, we get a dog’s-eye view of the obstacles Diego tackles in his training: scaling cliffs, leaping over fallen trees, and splashing across rivers. It's all in a day’s work for Diego and his handlers, who are protecting rhinos with the help of Fauna & Flora International. A note of reassurance—No dogs have been lost in this dangerous work, although on the front line, they are less at risk than their human handlers. Find out more at

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