Support APOPO's rats in their life-saving missions

 
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Support APOPO's rats in their life-saving missions

Support APOPO's rats in their life-saving missions
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Mine detection HeroRAT

Mine detection HeroRAT
African giant pouched rats have an exceptional sense of smell, and are far too light to be at risk of setting off a landmine. Image: Xavier Rossi (view small | med | large | orig)

TB detection HeroRAT

TB detection HeroRAT
HeroRAT Julius and trainer Ezekiel at the TB center in Morogoro, getting ready for a life-saving job! (view small | med | large | orig)

Meeting a Hero

Meeting a Hero
A landmine survivor in Mozambique introduces local children to a HeroRAT. Image: Xavier Rossi (view small | med | large | orig)

A mine detection rat at work in Mozambique

A mine detection rat at work in Mozambique
A mine detection rat can search 200m2 in about 20 minutes. This would take someone with a metal detector 2-4 days. When a rat detects a landmine, it scratches on the soil. (view small | med | large | orig)

TB detection rat at work

TB detection rat at work
HeroRATs sniff a series of 10 holes in a line cage, under which human sputum samples are placed for evaluation. When a rat detects TB, it indicates its presence by keeping its nose in the hole for 3s. (view small | med | large | orig)

HeroRATs help families back on their land

HeroRATs help families back on their land
Thanks to the HeroRATS, Gloria's family is now safe and happy to be able to play, work, farm without fear (view small | med | large | orig)

Sniffing out disease and saving lives

Sniffing out disease and saving lives
Our TB detection rats have helped diagnose over 8000 TB patients that were initially missed by local hospitals using microscopy. Nuru was one of them. She was put on treatment and is now doing fine. (view small | med | large | orig)

Reward for life-saving work

Reward for life-saving work
As well as saving lives, a HeroRAT's main motivation is food! They sniff out global problems in exchange for bananas and peanuts. (view small | med | large | orig)

Click means food training

Click means food training
A trainee HeroRAT during clicker training. The click sound is established as a conditioned reinforcer associated with a food reward. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Organization

APOPO vzw

Morogoro, Tanzania, Tanzania, United Republic of
http://www.apopo.org

Project Leader

Paul Delbar

Public Fundraising Manager
Morogoro, Tanzania, United Republic of

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