New additions to the Loisaba K9 Unit
Tracker dogs are one of the most effective tools for wildlife security, often deterring poachers from even entering an area. Over the years the two bloodhounds, ‘Warrior’ and ‘Machine’, have proved invaluable to Loisaba’s security team. They have helped track down dozens of poachers and criminals, find missing people and return livestock to their owners, earning them their well-deserved reputation throughout Laikipia.
We are very excited to introduce two new recruits to our K9 unit – ‘Memusi’ and ‘Nanyuki’! They were born in the Mara and are a cross breed of Bloodhound and Bluetick Coonhound. Their parents are both excellent trackers imported from the USA, their mother Anna (Bloodhound/Coonhound) is deep nosed and an amazingly accurate tracker whilst their father Morani (Bloodhound) a no nonsense brave tracker has led to the arrest of over 100 poachers during his 8 year deployment in the Mara Triangle. Born in August 2017, Memusi and Nanyuki have received training from both domestic and international trainers which will continue at Loisaba.
The incredible work these tracker dogs do, combined with Kenya’s strong wildlife trophy law which can result in imprisonment for life or a 20 million shilling ($20,000) fine is a huge deterrent to poachers.
A big thank you to The Nature Conservancy for enabling Nanyuki and Memusi and their wonderful personalties to join the team!