Internationally we provide funds and equipment to Wildlife programmes-such as prevention of poaching projects. Several of these are using dogs to protect wildlife via anti-poaching duties, whilst another uses horses – mounted Wildlife Ranger patrols. AWAMO also provides funds and support to Australian projects to protect wildlife.
AWAMO fiscally donates the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Because a majority of cheetahs in Africa live outside protected areas on farmland, it is essential for the survival of the species to find non-lethal methods of protecting livestock from predators in order to reduce conflict between farmers and cheetah. We believe our donations help change the face of Africa not just for wildlife, but for its people. Saving the cheetah can save people, by supporting the human communities that live alongside the cheetah.
K9 Watchdog National Project. Poaching in national parks remains a major conservation challenge in South Africa. The K9 Anti-Poaching Unit is considered a game changer for anti-poaching initiatives in the Kruger National Park. During 2017, all encounters with poachers that involved dogs resulted in arrests. Well-trained dogs such as the Bloodhound, Belgian Shepherd, or Malinois, breeds are perfectly suited to track poachers in the field and detect firearms, ammunition and wildlife products that enter and exit through park gates. These remarkable dogs can follow an hours-old scent over impressive distances. Tracker dogs are deployed by helicopter or vehicle and operate throughout the Park. Since its inception in 2012, the K9 anti-poaching Unit in the Kruger National Park has grown from 3 to 55 dogs. Because of its success, the project has been extended to other National Parks, with a total of 75 dogs now working across the country.
As part of AWAMO charity we always sponsor a local animal cause in the area that we establish a memorial. In NZ AWAMO has donated a $1000 worth of purple poppy merchandise that will be donated to the Kaimanawa heritage Horse Society to aid the local wild horses around Waiouru. A fitting charity due to the location of the memorial and the wild horses running wild within the Army training area nearby. These horses are the same stock that many WWI horses came from. Of the ten thousand sent overseas only four ever returned.
AWAMO is a proud sponsor of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Guardian Dog program. The Guardian Dog program will trial whether bandicoots, protected by specially trained Maremma Guardian Dogs, will be able to form self-sustaining populations in areas that are not enclosed by feral proof fences. These dogs are helping to protect some of Australia’s most threatened species. Because bandicoots are small, nocturnal and shy, the Maremmas will be bonded with sheep as well as bandicoots. The sheep will provide the dogs with a focus during the daylight hours when bandicoots are sleeping.
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AWAMO has been a long-time supporter of Kotuku Foundation Assistance Animals Aotearoa. Merenia Donne founded Kotuku Foundation in 2006. It now has 14 dogs with handlers that are specially trained to help people with conditions such as diabetes, Addison’s disease and seizures. AWAMO has sponsored the foundation to assist NZ Veterans with obtaining assistance dogs.