Magawa

About Magawa

Name:

Magawa (MA-GOW-AH)

Sex:

Male

Date of birth:

25 November 2013

Job title:

Mine Detection Rat

Birthplace:

Morogoro, Tanzania

Current Location:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Length:

70cm

Weight:

1,230 grams

Favourite food:

Bananas and peanuts

Personality:

A determined worker and always friendly


Top 5 facts

  1. Magawa can search a 200 square meter minefield in 20 minutes. This would take a technician with a metal detector between one and four days
  2. Cambodia is the second most mine affected country in the world, after Afghanistan
  3. HeroRATs like Magawa detect explosive chemicals and ignore uncontaminated scrap metal, making them highly efficient landmine detectors
  4. With over 25,000 amputees, Cambodia has the highest ratio of mine amputees per capita in the world
  5. Magawa and the HeroRATs are never injured on the minefield because they are highly trained and too light to trigger landmines 

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Magawa in the media

Meet the Giant Rats That Are Sniffing out Landmines

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Rats are the world’s best land mine hunters

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Cambodia trains 'elite squad of rats' to detect landmines

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Magawa's Impact Last month

Minefield Cleared

3750

Explosives Found

4

Minutes Worked

485

Adoption packages for Magawa

Select the package that works best for you

Monthly
Adoption

$7.00
Monthly


Annual
Adoption

$77.00
Yearly


Heres what you'll 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.