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Africa Geographic, 31.10.2014

Written by: Landia Davies

In a high-tech world where electronic devices inflitrate every sphere of lives, one often hears about advanced thechnology being used in conservation efforts - from satellite tracking and GPS mapping to drone surveillance. In the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park conservationists have taken a different approach in the fight against poaching - they got themselves some good old-fashioned bloodhounds

In a high-tech world where electronic devices infiltrate every sphere of our lives, one often hears about advanced technology being used in conservation efforts – from satellite tracking and GPS mapping to drone surveillance. In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park conservationists have taken a different approach in the fight against poaching – they got themselves some good old-fashioned bloodhounds. - See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/the-congohounds-of-virunga/#sthash.jX3sDCw4.dpuf

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CSI Bloodhounds - Africa Geographic

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Dodi, Sabrina, Lila, Stella and Lilly may seem like strange names for wildlife
rangers. And indeed, unusual rangers they are, for it’s not their sharp eyesight
or keen hearing that qualify them for the task, but their outstanding ability to
sniff out a trail. Dodi and her pals are bloodhounds that were imported as pups
in 2011 to perform a unique function in Virunga National Park in the Democratic
Republic of Congo. Sara Evans follows their progress.

CSI Bloodhound by Sara Evans

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Congohounds - The Bloodhounds of Virunga National Park

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Back in December 2010, Dr. Marlene Zahner was going about her business when she received a most unexpected call from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zahner, a Swiss large animal veterinarian and avid horse and dog trainer, found herself talking to Emmanuel de Merode, the Chief Warden of Virunga National Park.

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Kill Zone: Virunga

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The Congolese rainforest is one of the last refuges of the rare Mountain gorilla. It is also an extremely dangerous place, both for the animals and their guardians, where every day, rangers put their lives on the line to protect these Great apes.

Anke Sparmann (Text)  and Brent Stirton (photos)

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