Poachers are slaughtering tens of thousands of African elephants every year for their ivory tusks. The animals are killed and left to rot after the tusks are removed with a chain saw.
A single tusk can weigh more than 250 pounds and one pound of ivory can bring as much as $1,500 on the black market.
At the current rate of killing, there is a danger that the species will be soon wiped out in all but the most protected places.
To get on the trail of poachers quickly, dogs and handlers are being trained to drop from rapid-response helicopters at the Paramount Group’s Anti-Poaching and K9 Academy in South Africa.
Arrow was specially selected for this task as a puppy because of his temperament. First he was trained to descend from a helicopter by rope‚ strapped to his handler, Henry Holsthyzen‚ and finally he was trained to skydive.
Since Arrow was a puppy he and Holsthyzen have eaten‚ slept‚ and worked together in order to develop the bond needed to carry out the dangerous anti-poaching responsibilities together.
Arrow is, according to his handler, a natural skydiver and an adrenaline junkie. He is doing his job to protect African elephants from very bad guys.