In one of our exciting ventures to benefit wonderful local conservation projects, Tribal Textiles have partnered with Conservation South Luangwa to produce a Tribal Dog Collar.
Handmade with Tribal fabric and Zambian leather, they are small, easy to pack and directly support CSL’s K9 Unit in their bid to reduce wildlife trafficking in Zambia.
In 2014 Conservation South Luangwa introduced Zambia's first ever detection dog unit in South Luangwa in partnership with Working Dogs for Conservation, a US based NGO. Specialized rescue dogs travelled from the USA and now live in Mfuwe.
The dogs traveled to Zambia with two of WD4C’s trainer/biologists, who spent several months on site training handlers from CSL and Zambia's Department of National Parks & Wildlife. Since pet dogs are uncommon and most locals are fearful of dogs, the trainers had to begin with the very basics of dog behavior, interaction, and care. The handlers proved to be extremely capable, and soon developed incredibly close bonds with their dogs.
The dogs and their handlers are trained to conduct road block searches, intelligence based village and building searches, border and airport searches and area/grid searches. The dogs are currently trained to detect ivory, firearms, ammunition, pangolin, leopard skins, mukula wood and certain species of bush meat.
So far, the dogs have found poaching contraband that law enforcement would never have discovered without them, such as gun parts concealed in the thatched roof of a hut, or, incredibly, a tiny primer cap (used to fire a muzzle loader) that was placed in a matchbox, hidden inside a suitcase, and buried among bags and parcels in a tightly packed van. Searches like these often happen along roads or in villages, when many bystanders are watching, which adds to the dogs’ deterrence value.
The strong bond between handlers and dogs and their commitment to the project has resulted in immediate tangible outcomes.
By purchasing these very cool collars, you help support dog patrols and the dogs welfare. They come in Assorted Colors and designs. Please choose size options from the drop-down menu before adding to basket. Message us with your preferred choices of colors (if any) in the comment section during checkout process.
Small – 28cm - 36 cm
Med – 32cm – 42cm
Large -38cm – 50cm