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[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5102″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Annie DuPre-Reynolds, Manager, EWT Wildlife in Trade Programme
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Over the past few years, we have worked with our partner, APOPO in Tanzania, to train African Giant Pouched Rats in detection work. These rats are now capable of smelling pangolin scales hidden in other substances and masking agents. The use of wildlife detection rats is very new, and we are excited to say that the proof-of-concept phase of this project was successful![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5104″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The proof-of-concept phase was generously funded by the UK government through the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund and the US government through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We’re happy to share that this work will continue, thanks to funding from the German development agency GIZ and the Wold Conservation Network’s Pangolin Crisis Fund. The next phases of the project will expand the rat’s training to include detection of other wildlife products while developing unique deployment strategies to position the rats where they are needed most.

Thank you to all of our funders – watch this space for more updates on our Detection Rats![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1566891493571{margin-top: 8px !important;border-bottom-width: 6px !important;}”]


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A word from the CEO May 2023

It is widely known that plastic, in its various forms, can be found in every ecosystem, on every surface and in every corner of the planet. It leaches toxins and strangles wildlife; it chokes waterways and animals. Microplastics negatively affect all life, humans included. Yet we keep manufacturing them; worse, we keep discarding them recklessly and frivolously, as if they were leaves on the wind. Every single human being has a role to play here. We all need to buy less plastic, use less plastic, demand less plastic, and, most important, discard it responsibly.

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