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.
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.