| Mar 1, 2023
From the Frontline: Ol Pejeta's K9 Unit
K9 Unit Team
All eight dogs and their 12 handlers on Ol Pejeta's K9 unit are well and thriving! We are sincerely grateful for your support in the last few months, which has enabled the team to respond to more than 100 incidents of human wildlife conflict, castle rustling, stock theft, house thefts and anti-poaching patrols.
In February, our teams were called out to the southern boundary fence line early one morning. The footprints of two suspected poachers had been identified by our fencing patrol.
The K9 unit immediately got to work, dividing into two teams with one ensuring the conservancy was clear and the other tracking outside the fence line. After tracking for over 3km, track dog Otis found where the suspected poachers entered the conservancy, and then supported the team to do a thorough check of the Conservancy, concluding that luckily no poaching had occurred.
Meanwhile, track dog Malaika and Suga took it in turns for several kilometres at a time, to track the suspects to where they went outside our fence line. Their persistence paid off as they managed to apprehend the suspects and facilitated two arrests by the police.
This serves as a stark reminder of the very real and present poaching threat. We’re grateful for our diligent staff and hardworking K9s and handlers for their work in securing a safe space for survival.
By supporting Ol Pejeta's K9 unit, you have actively contributed to securing the Conservancy from poaching threats, incursions, and conflict. As a critical pillar of our security team, your support helps keep the K9 unit operational, ensuring regular refresher training and vet checks covering deworming, vaccinations against rabies, as well as providing the right nutrition they need to maintain a good and healthy condition. The resulting impact ensures our tracker dogs are fit, healthy and highly-trained. Thank you very much.
Tracker dog Sugar
Tracker dog Sarah