Main Arena at The Game Fair to host anti-poaching demonstrations

This year’s Game Fair, to be held at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July, will include demonstrations from Daryll Pleasants, who specialises in training dogs to help with anti-poaching efforts in Africa.

Daryll, who has been involved with anti-poaching efforts for five years, is working on projects in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and Kenya through the organisation Animals Saving Animals, where he is helping to protect the last northern white rhinos.

Daryll, formerly a military instructor with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, has given numerous demonstrations and talks, including at the Royal Geographic Society, and has just finished filming a documentary for Inside Out on the BBC about his work training anti-poaching dogs.

The Brewin Dolphin Main Arena will see an informative and action-packed demonstration from Daryll: “It’s a great chance to show people what we do, and how dogs can be trained for this vital conservation work. We mostly use Belgian Malinois as a breed, as well as German shepherds. I’ll start with an explanation of what we do, and then work with a German shepherd named Gladio to show how we use them, whether that is stopping an armed poacher or seeking out intruders. I’m very excited to be able to stress the importance of conservation work in Africa, but also to demonstrate how amazing dogs are at this work.”

James Gower, Managing Director of The Game Fair, added that he was delighted to be able to include Daryll’s demonstration in the Main Arena: “Daryll’s work is tremendously important in the conservation of some of the world’s most iconic and under-threat species, so we felt it was an ideal opportunity to draw attention to what is being done to combat poaching.”