Detecting Landmines

APOPO's Mine Detection Rats and Technical Survey Dogs are integrated into existing methods to vastly speed up land clearance.

Why landmines

Landmines not only cause tragic accidents, they are a barrier to development, constraining communities and denying access to fertile land, travel routes and basic needs. APOPO’s HeroRATs and HeroDOGs perform complimentary roles making them the perfect 'tool' for speeding up detection and clearance.

About landmines


APOPO offers innovative, efficient solutions that integrate detection animals into traditional methods and results in speeding up the survey and clearance process: we use a combination of detection rats and technical survey dogs  as well as manual deminers and machines to support the animals.

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Stories: Charya

"When I was playing in my fathers fields I climbed a tree to hide from my brother. When I looked down I saw a strange metal thing sticking up from the roots..."

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Landmine detection - Where we work

APOPO’s mine action teams have set foot in eight countries that suffered from the legacy of past conflicts and are currently operational in Angola, Cambodia and Mozambique

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