Another Day, Another Mine for the GS Rat
It's time for your HeroRAT update!
The Goldman Sachs Gives rat continues to do well in the field with some great numbers for the third quarter of the year 2018.
In the months of July to September your HeroRAT cleared a whopping 6858 square meters of land in 40 days. Working a total of 8725 minutes across the quarter. The GS rat successfully detected 5 anti-personnel mines and 4 items of unexploded ordonnance - incredible!
With an incredible nose, the GS Rat was able to clear land which has now been handed back to local communities, empowering them to live, work and plan without fear. Many of the local communities we help depend upon their land to provide for their families - with your help they're now able to grow crops and guard their livestock without the horror of losing life or limb.
How does the GS Rat do it?
Conventional mine-clearance approaches use machines and deminers with metal detectors. When the APOPO HeroRats are added they can significantly speed up operations, making considerable cost savings and getting people back on their land as quickly as possible.
HeroRATs like your GS HeroRAT only detect the scent of explosives and ignore scrap metal. A single HeroRAT can search an area the size of a tennis court in 30 minutes - this would take a manual deminer with a metal detector up to four days depending on the level of scrap metal present.
When the GS Rat indicates the presence of explosive, a deminer with a metal detector arrives to carefully excavate the marked position and confirm if a landmine is present - it is then safely detonated on the spot under controlled conditions.
The GS Rat commuting to work
The danger is real for many local people