Ella is continuously undergoing on the job practical training to improve her skills and allow her to work to her full potential. Although Ella can be a little lazy, as long as her squeaky ball is close at hand she’s happy to take on new challenges.
As an anti-poaching unit dog, Ella will be expected to work in close contact with all wild animals, not just rhinos; and has recently spent time meeting many species great and small...
During a rhino management procedure to replace a telemetry tracking collar, Ella had her first encounter with a tranquilized rhino; these experiences will enable her to be comfortable working in close proximity to these magnificent animals. Ella was initially cautious about getting too close, but with Eric’s reassurance, she soon became more confident and relaxed with the situation.
Who knows what obstacles she will be tackling next?!
This project represents a partnership between Wilderness Foundation Africa, Medivet Saving the Rhino and the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, in support of rhino protection as part of the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative.