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India's first anti-poaching dog Zorba dies in Guwahati

Category : National
Published on: November 25 2022 Share on facebook

  • Zorba, India's first dog to be deployed for tracking down poachers, died in Guwahati due to old age. 
  • The 12-year-old male Belgian Malinois was a member of 'K9', the nation's first dog squad for wildlife crimes. 
  • Zorba was the first dog of the squad and he was credited with helping law enforcement authorities nab over 60 poachers.
  • Zorba retired from service in 2019 and was honoured for his services with a traditional Assamese 'gamosa' and a citation on Independence Day this year.
  • He served mostly in the Kaziranga National Park from 2012 till his retirement, and assisted authorities to nab people involved in rhino poaching.
  • He was also deployed in other national parks on several occasions.
  • The nation's first dog squad for wildlife crimes was set up in Assam under the initiative of biodiversity organisation 'Aaranyak' in 2011.
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