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Bloodhounds Track Poachers

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Bloodhounds have been used in Kenya to track down poachers, and with great success. Richard Bonham is the founder of the Maasailand Preservation Trust, an organization that patrols 1.5 million acres of land in southeast Kenya protecting wildlife like rhinos and elephants from poachers. But he couldn't do it without the aid of these talented sniffers. “The bloodhounds definitely have a big impact on poaching. They are a very effective tool,” he told the Times Online back in 2009 when two new recruits, Pension and Drastic, arrived from Britain in Kenya. The article notes that "Bloodhounds have been responsible for the arrests of dozens of poachers in Kenya, saving countless wild animals."