British dogs in Kenya to help fight against wildlife poachers

Simon Mallin MD of Malpeet K9 Academy
Simon Mallin MD of Malpeet K9 Academy working with a wildlife conservancy. Photo: Facebook/Malpeet K9 Academy

British trained dogs are proving invaluable in the ongoing fight against poaching in the Kenyan wildlife conservancies.

Malpeet K9 Academy provide many types of dog teams, including general purpose security dog teams (protection/patrol dogs), explosive detection dog teams, drug detection dog teams (passive & proactive), cadaver dog teams, firearms detection dog teams and currency detection dog teams.

Three tracker dogs are currently being trained in Wales for six weeks, before the team head out to run handler courses in Kenya for a further six weeks over March and April.

One Ranger is due to join the trainers in Wales this week to be mentored “in all dogs”. No doubt he will find the weather conditions a little to different to those he is used to!


Dutch Herder “Maxo” is one of the dogs who has begun training as a tracker dog with his new African handler and partner. On completion of training, he will be working in an anti-poaching role alongside the rangers protecting animals at a wildlife conservancy in Africa.

Dutch Herder "Maxo"
Dutch Herder “Maxo”. Photo: Facebook: Malpeet K9 Academy

One of the dogs currently in Kenya is six month old Explosive Detection Dog (EDD) Alfie.

Another dog who will be following Alfie to Kenya is tracker dog Zak, who has been having a pre-departure check-up at the vets.

On 23 March, Malpeet K9 Academy are hosting a one day K9 capability and limitations awareness seminar in Nairobi,sponsored by the KK Security group, Attendees will be able to watch operational demonstrations of both general purpose security dog teams and explosive detection dog teams.

You can read more about Malpeet K9 Academy by visiting their website or Facebook page.