About Ikemba

Name:

Ikemba (EE- KEM - BAH)

Sex:

Female

Date of birth:

20 March 2013

Job title:

Mine Detection Rat

Birthplace:

Morogoro, Tanzania

Current Location:

Malange, Angola

Length:

75cm

Weight:

900 grams

Favourite food:

Bananas

Personality:

Kind and sociable


Top 5 facts

  1. HeroRATs like Ikemba require an average of nine months of initial training
  2. More than 88,000 people in Angola are living with a disability caused by landmines
  3. Ikemba and the HeroRATs are at least as accurate as any other mine detection method, and much faster.
  4. Ikemba can search a 200 square meter minefield in 20 minutes. This would take a technician with a metal detector between one and four days.
  5. Before being deployed on minefields, HeroRATs like Ikemba are accredited by national authorities using an internationally recognized testing framework.

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Ikemba in the media

Hunting for land mines at the end of the world

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In Angolan Town, Land Mines Still Lurk ‘Behind Every Bush’

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The Giant Rats That Save Lives

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Ikemba’s Impact in June

Minefield Cleared

4,668 SQM

Explosives Found

10

Minutes Worked

253

Adoption packages for Ikemba

Select the package that works best for you

Monthly
Adoption

$7.00
Monthly


Annual
Adoption

$77.00
Yearly


Heres what youll receive

Welcome pack

A digital ten page Welcome Pack stacked full of pictures, facts, figures, and quotes that will tell you everything you need to know.

Adoption Certificate

A digital certificate of adoption with your name on it.

Monthly Impact Updates

Monthly updates direct to your email inbox to keep you up to date with the latest news and information from the field.