Vianna Von Weyhausen
Vianna, the Founder and Director of Canines for Africa, was born in Zimbabwe. She grew up in South Africa, was educated in England, France and the US, and has lived in Morocco for the past fourteen years.
A life-long conservationist and philanthropist, Vianna has a variety of wildlife experience, including fieldwork, fundraising, advising, management and start-ups. She is a founder member of Peace Parks Foundation and of WildInvest, and has been involved in various capacities with Tusk Trust, Support for Africa, the Sahara Conservation Fund, AfriCat, The Red Cross, Bonobo Conservation Initiative.
Conraad Geza De Rosner
A South African, our Chief of Operations and head trainer Conraad has twenty-six years bush experience under his belt. Starting his career as a game ranger in Zululand, Conraad became a police reservist in the Special Protected Species Unit, and has specialised for the last seventeen years in training and working with canine units in the counter-poaching arena.
Conraad leads a formidable team, all members of which have extensive experience working with K9 counter-poaching units and have wide first-hand knowledge of the unique situations facing rangers in the field. He is also committed to providing the highest possible level of training to his students, both human and canine.
Based at our training centre in Hoedspruit, South Africa, we breed many of our own high quality puppies. In our repertoire we have:
German, Dutch and Belgian Shepherds and their crosses for our tactical anti-poaching dogs (trained to track human, firearm and ammunition scent, and to apprehend armed poachers). Also used as fence patrol dogs.
Weimaraners as our detection dogs, trained to find live animals (wounded or orphaned, such as a rhino missing after its mother has been poached), dead animals (carcasses and bush meat), contraband (ivory, pangolin scales, rhino horn etc., and snares) and humans (e.g. poacher incursion and excursion on a boundary fence). Our Weimaraners also have apprehension capabilities. Furthermore we use them for scat detection in research and monitoring projects.
Bloodhounds as cold sent trackers.
Spaniels where small dogs are required.
Blue Tick / Foxhound crosses in our Rapid Response Pack Unit, and as individual trackers
Bloodhound / Doberman crosses (“DBs”) for excellent trackers with apprehension abilities.
K9 Shikar and Lucky Mthabela
K9 Amy and ranger
K9 Impi and Kiran Rahalkar
K9 Zola and Simon Mosotho
K9 Horne and Frans Rathakolo
K9 Puma and James Brackenbury
K9 Katana and Tracey Basarokwe
Our latest trainees:
K9 Aqal and Boas Moses Ngobeni
K9 Dallas and Etienne van Tonder
K9 Max (R.I.P.)
Viscous K9 Horne
taking down a poacher!
We also operate a highly effective Rapid Response Unit, employing a pack of hounds (Blue-Ticks, Foxhounds, Bloodhounds and their crosses). Comprising five men, seven hounds, a vehicle and a drone, this new concept is proving extremely powerful in the capture of poachers.
K9 Conservation, directed by Conraad Geza de Rosner, is Canines for Africa's operational wing. Our successes in the field are all thanks to this exceptional organization.
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has an impeccable ninety-year track record of conservation in Africa. Thanks to our association with its veteran conservationist Jeremy Anderson, WESSA has been covering the costs of some of our Rangers’ salaries and K9 operational expenses.
The Elephant Coast Company supports conservation and eco tourism in Mozambique. Our unit in Sabie Game Park is operated in collaboration with them.
EZEMVELO (KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Board) has a partnership with K94A, through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
Chengeta, run by the renowned Rory Young, and K94A are developing new canine protocols for the Central African Republic. K94A already sponsors Chegeta with a dog in Mali.
International Anti-Poaching Foundation was founded by Australian Damien Mander, who created the extraordinary all-female anti-poaching team know as the Akashinga.
Nkwe Tactical Training Academy is our educational partner in South Africa and is one of the organisations with whom we will run the US college students program.
Veteran’s Training Fund, a Nevada-based 501(c)3, is our partner in a project-in-creation to employ US Veterans (both able and disabled) as K9 trainers in the US and Africa.
Institute for Personal Close Protection (IFPCP) handles our field operations in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
Ten Directions is our US partner in the student education programme.
Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (HOPE) is our US affiliate and fiscal sponsor. This legal agreement allows K94A to function as a 501(c)3, until such time as K94A’s own status is granted by the IRS.
China Tiger Revival, a registered charity based in the United Kingdom, and K94A have a partnership which enables UK donors to claim Gift Aid from Her Majesty’s Government.
BIGCrowd is a new UK based social enterprise focussed on finding, funding and supporting Big Impact Game-changers around the world who are focussed on addressing one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. Now in its launch phase the founder of BIGCrowd has agreed to make K94A one of its first Big Impact Game-changers supported on its platform.
Earth Comix and Canines for Africa have published an educational comic on wildlife conservation.
Will Smith Zoo School educates preschoolers on wildlife and Canines for Africa will shortly be joining forces with them in this domain.