Sniff, sniff, sniff. A dog named Sassa is on duty at an airport in Africa. Her job is to sniff the luggage. Suddenly, Sassa sits down. She’s alerting her human handler that she has found something suspicious.
Sure enough, the suitcase contains five pieces of rhino horn. It also holds dozens of lion claws and teeth. The owner of the suitcase had been trying to smuggle the animal parts to another country.
Sassa is one of 50 dogs in a special group. Their group is called Canines for Conservation (CFC). These dogs are trained to detect illegal wildlife products hidden in luggage. This includes elephant tusks, rhino horns, and other animal parts.
Why is this important? People called poachers often kill animals in Africa. Then, they illegally sell the animals’ parts. As a result, many species are at risk of dying out. The goal of CFC is to use its dogs to help save Africa’s animals before it’s too late.