Training Rats To Save Lives!
Apopo started in 1998 and is an charity focused on training rats to save lives.
Apopo is an acronym from Dutch meaning "Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende ProductOntwikkeling", or in English "Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development".Apopo's headquarters is based in Tanzania and employs about 200 staff and some 300 rats in Tanzania and Mozambique.
Apopo rats (Giant Pouched rats) are trained to detect anti personnel land mines. They have a superior sense of smell and due to their low weight they are unlikely to set off the land mines. The rats are precious and are not trained to go into a minefield kamikaze style. No rats have ever died as a result of their work.
If you want to know more about Apopo and their admirable work saving lives in Africa check out their website www.apopo.org
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"Apopo is a genious idea. Creating a local product and/or service in a developing country that is more efficient and helpful to that country and its children but also have wider export possibilites."