Dog deployed to help with anti poaching measures in Pilanesberg National Park Game Reserve, South Africa - Jul 2012...Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michelly Rall / Rex Features (1809182a) Belgian Malinois 'Russell' and his keeper watch a pair of rhino Dog deployed to help with anti poaching measures in Pilanesberg National Park Game Reserve, South Africa - Jul 2012 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/hlne A new weapon has been launched in the fight against poaching in South Africa's game reserves - a specially trained canine. Russell the Belgian Malinois recently 'graduated' from the Mechem Training Centre in Pretoria and will use his super sense of smell to help track down poachers. He and his handler are based at the Pilanesberg National Park Game Reserve where they will strive to protect the dwindling numbers of Black Rhino. This year alone 282 Rhinos have been killed - decimating the already highly endangered population. According to Russell's handler - who has not been named due to fear of retribution - it takes 36 hours for a person's scent to disappear from the scene of a rhino killing. He adds: "When we hear gunshots or suspect that there are poachers in the reserve, Russell will track them down easily". Russell's year long intensive training covered weapon detection, horn detection, tracking and hot scene intervention.

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