deployments

Going above and beyond

Pit-Track subsidizes and self-funds additional K9 APU Units countrywide where we can, these Units are deployed on behalf and at the cost of our Organization in high-risk key poaching areas. We are proudly deployed as primary protection of our endangered species orphans & rescues and we are currently protecting the largest wildlife sanctuary in South Africa, along with providing K9 management & detection at the main entrances into the APNR (Association of Private Nature Reserves) and Greater Kruger Area. When requested we provide additional operational K9 field searches and back up to the APNR and the greater Kruger National Area.

In June 1993, the fence line between the Kruger National Park and the APNR were removed. The Association of Private Nature Reserves, (APNR), is an association of privately owned nature reserves bordering the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Collectively they represent 1,800 square km which is 196 684 hectares of land which is dedicated to conservation.

Pit-Track K9 Conservation and Anti-Poaching Unit have taken over the management and operations of the K9 function at the main entry/exit points into the APNR and Greater Kruger Area. Our K9s perform contraband detection duties, making it as difficult as possible for any animal products such as rhino horn, ivory, pangolin and bushmeat to leave the reserve, as well as un-declared ammunition or firearms to enter.

Founded by Petronel Niewoudt in 2001, Care For Wild is the largest rhino orphanage & sanctuary in the world. Their vision is to secure free-ranging African Rhinoceros across Africa, to ensure the survival of the species for future generations. Baby rhino’s that are orphaned rarely survive. The aim of Care For Wild is to rescue every rhino that finds itself an orphan due to poaching. Pit-Track K9 Conservation is proud to provide the K9 protection on the greater meta-population as well as the bomas pre-release.

Training

We believe that in the volatile world of anti-poaching, there is constant need to make sure our operators and K9s are in top physical and mental shape to be able to perform the function necessary to keep our wildlife safe.

Our operators are trained to the highest possible standard by some of the best global organisations in the business. Infield training for combat situations is done by Poaching Prevention Academy, incorporated with European Security Academy. The training of our K9s is extensive as they perform many functions from patrol and protection to detection. Daily ‘in house’ training of our detection handlers and K9s takes place who are assessed and moderated regularly by Braveheart Bio Dog Academy.

Initiatives

Through mitigation, management, anti-poaching, wildlife rescues/relocations, security, professional handling & much more, this bold venture brings important, valuable security for both game reserves & wildlife management, including wild & captive animals which require protection with & through innovative conservation. Although their main mandate covers Rhino & Lion issues, all fauna & flora are taken into account.

One of the newest initiatives formed is the K9’s For Big Cats Initiative, which has been put in place to track & relocate at-risk Lions or other Big Cats that have found themselves on the wrong side of the fence so to speak, this is done by way of us using the skills of trained K9s in the field. The 3 K9 sisters, Charlie, Rogue & Misty are currently being trained on Lion specific scent. This initiative has already been called upon by various Nature Conservation & SAPS offices in Limpopo, Gauteng, Free State & North West to assist them in confirmation of tracks as well as to locate Lion in the various areas. Dealing with various organisations, we have come to realize that this service is much needed, not only in South Africa but throughout Africa.

Wild Lion numbers are on the decrease & we need to protect as many escapees as we can. Due to the lack of manpower & funding within Nature Conservation offices countrywide, the task they need to perform is a difficult one. What follows is a Lion on the loose that comes into contact with communities & either people are harassed or livestock killed which then makes the Lion a problem animal. Nature Conservation will then issue a permit for hunters to remove the animal.

We have offered communities as well as Nature Conservation a solution to a problem and it has been warmly welcomed.

Part of our mandate regarding this initiative is community education and awareness, engaging with them to find out exactly what their problems are & in turn trying to come up with solutions to help them. Involving them in the search is another way where they can feel like they are part of the solution & in turn, hopefully, a sense of pride & will to protect Africa’s most Iconic predator.

Pit-Track believes that there is power in the education of children & adults alike. Through visits to schools and the corporate fraternity, we are able to impart information regarding issues our wildlife face. With this knowledge, they are able to confidently make calculated decisions on how to incorporate this within their daily lives.

Schools:

  • McAuley House
  • Girls & Boys Town
  • Christ Church School
  • Mariepskop
  • Kings Camp Community Kids
  • Bairnsdale Primary School #754
  • Orbost Secondary College 
  • Clifton Creek Primary School
  • Paynesville Primary School