APOPO – Training Rats To Save Lives

Counting down to Tanzania

In 2017 two of our committee members Louis and Clare Varley had the fantastic opportunity...

Introducing HeroRAT Shuri

The NPRS are pleased to announce that we have adopted, on behalf of the membership,...

NPRS to Support APOPO at Skoll World Forum

The National Pouched Rat Society will be supporting APOPO and the Skoll World Forum in...

‘The Pet Show 2018’

We are delighted to announce that the National Pouched Rat Society will be attending 'The...
APOPO Pouchie Babies

APOPO Baby Boom

Last November the breeding program at APOPO’s Training & Research Center in Tanzania was activated...

From Mankind's enemy to hero.

APOPO is a social enterprise that researches, develops and implements detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes such as Mine Action and Tuberculosis detection. APOPO is a Belgian NGO, with headquarters in Tanzania and operations in Mozambique, Thailand, Angola and Cambodia.

APOPO’s founder Bart Weetjens saw an opportunity to train African Pouched Rats to save lives. Bart Weetjens was exploring solutions for the global landmine problem. As a rat pet owner, he came across a publication using gerbils as scent detectors.

As animal owners, we value our pets and know how extraordinarily smart they are, but APOPO had come up with a way of working with Pouched Rats to help solve one the biggest modern day problems resulting from war.

Real Problems & Real Results

APOPO, since their first pouched rat Onzo was born in 1998 have made some massive milestones in their goals. Here is just a few

Training a Pouched Rat

Learn more about the process of training pouched rats to save lives in these wonderful videos by APOPO.

Discover More

Want to learn more about APOPO and their HeroRats? you can even adopt your very own HeroRat, send them a bunch of bannans or a romantic dinner for two loved up pouchies.

Visit https://www.apopo.org/en/ for more about APOPOs work.