Our Vision

Create a better world as a global leader in scent detection animals.

When integrated into conventional methods, APOPO's detection animals speed up landmine and tuberculosis detection. They also demonstrate potential to help fight other global issues.

Our Mission

Protect people and the planet with innovative solutions using trained rats and other scent detection animals.



Demonstrating and promoting high standards in research, design, training and implementation of scent detection animals’ technology.

Pioneering creative research and innovative solutions within a participatory learning culture.

Developing skills, creating jobs, improving socio-economic and environmental conditions, releasing land for development, and combating public health issues.

Embracing diversity in all facets of the organization with respect to age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical abilities, nationality or ethnicity.

APOPO commits itself to the common good and shares responsibility toward the protection of the people, communities and the planet.

Stories: Sam

“For decades we have lived in fear of the landmines near my home. Now we can work the land, herd our livestock safely and finally get on with our lives.”

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Strategic goals

APOPO saves lives through the deployment of scent detection animals:

Deploying cost-efficient mine action solutions in affected countries

Accelerate tuberculosis control in high burden countries

Research and develop innovative applications for scent detection animals