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Written by: Donna Pleasants, White Paw

It is with great sadness that I write about the death of Bandit – the star anti-poaching dog at Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania that was featured in an Africa Geographic article only a few weeks ago.

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Whilst on a tracking exercise, Bandit was bitten by a snake and was unable to recover from his injury. Thoughts go out to everyone at Mkomazi and especially to his handler, Penyelli, whose bond with Bandit was unbreakable.

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During his time in training at both Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Mkomazi, Bandit showed great bravery in protecting wildlife against poachers and was, without a doubt, the best working dog we have ever trained. I cannot express how much he will be missed and how unfortunate this incident is. This comes as a devastating blow for all involved.

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Whilst we cannot replace a dog such as Bandit, we must carry his legacy forward by training more anti-poaching dogs to follow in his footsteps; to help keep his incredible contribution to conservation alive.

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Bandit cost upwards of £10,000 to train, and the cost for training an anti-poaching dog is as follows:

£1,000 – Purchase of puppy with working dog bloodline

£5,000 – Training in tracking/apprehension/search/patrol

£2,000 – Air shipping costs to suitable project

£500 – Annual food costs

£150 – Annual vet bills

£250 – Equipment including lead, collar, harness, tracking lines

£300 – Protective body armour for dog

£1,000 – Training of dog handlers in Africa

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You can support the training of anti-poaching dogs by donating to raise funds to provide Mkomazi with another future star in honour of Bandit. Please visit www.animalssavinganimals.org today to keep Bandit’s legacy alive!

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