First tracker dog deployed to Belize
Animals Saving Animals in partnership with Maya 2020 has successfully deployed the first tracker dog a Belgian Malinois called 'Sara' to work in the Chiquibul National Park, in the Maya Mountains, Belize’s largest protected area. The forest provides critical habitat for countless rare and endangered species, such as the White lipped Peccary, Tapir, Scarlet Macaw, Howler Monkey and five species of cats including the Jaguar. The forest harbour's up to 400 species of birds. However this critical habitat has lost over 40% of its canopy in the last 50 years due to illegal logging, mining and slash and burn agriculture. In addition to this is the growing illegal wildlife trade through poaching, targeting high value species, including Scarlet Macaw chicks and Yellow Headed Parrots. Both ASA and Friends for conservation and development who manage the forest believe that tracker dogs will have a positive impact on this growing problem and we will look forward to updates from the deployment of this Frontline K9.