Reference : V-P-MZ-E-00125
Date : 21/11/2013
Country/Region : MOZAMBIQUE
Caption : Manica Province, Gondola district. An APOPO (Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling - Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development) deminer tends to his trained African Pouched rat which is trained to detect the scent of explosives present in landmines.
Photographer : STIRTON, Brent
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : Getty Images/CICR
Description : APOPO uses the rats in conjunction with mechanical diggers and human deminers. The rats use their acute sense of smell to accelerate the demining process, making it possible to clear fields faster, a key goal for Mozambique who is seeking to be landmine free by the end of 2014. APOPO is a registered Belgian non-governmental organisation which trains African giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 7304x5478
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour