The highly developed sense of smell and light weight of our African giant pouched rats, nicknamed ‘HeroRATs’, make them ideal detectors of landmines and tuberculosis.

Herorats in action

HeroRATs detecting landmines


HeroRATs detecting tuberculosis


HeroRATs in research & innovation


How they speed up landmine detection

HeroRATs sniff out the chemical compounds of TNT (explosive) found in landmines and other explosive remnants of war. They ignore scrap metal making them much faster at detecting landmines than metal detectors.

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How they help to detect Tuberculosis

The APOPO tuberculosis detection rats check TB samples collected from local clinics. Any samples they indicate as suspect are confirmed in APOPO's lab using WHO-endorsed methods.  Our research program shows that the rats increase detection rates of partner clinics by 40%.

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HeroRATs for adoption

Meet Ronin

Ronin is a gentle landmine detection rat and loves shoulder rides. On the minefield he is focused and hardworking. Based in Cambodia, Ronin sniffs out deadly explosives faster than conventional solutions.

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Meet Carolina

Carolina is a male Tuberculosis Detection Rat based in Dar Es Salaam, a mega-city in Tanzania. Carolina can search for TB in sputum samples 96 times faster than a lab technician. Adopt Carolina and help us to stop TB.

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Meet Shuri

Shuri is a staff favorite with a cheeky personality who brings a smile to the face of everyone she meets. Just a youngster, she has recently graduated from APOPO mine detection training with flying colors.

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Stories: Herry

Nine year old Herry was very sick. His local clinic didn't know why. Read how APOPO identified his TB.

Herry's story