#29 Show Notes | Canines in Conservation: Protecting Wildlife & Communities with Jack Gradidge

Hello and welcome back to Rewildology, the podcast all about conservation, travel, and rewilding the planet. I’m your host, Brooke Mitchell-Norman, conservation biologist and adventure traveler.

If you’ve listened to the past couple of episodes, you’ll notice that I’ve been a super busy bee building new things for you all. Last week, I announced the brand new Rewildologist Community Facebook Group, designed to bring us all together and give a safe space to chat about conservation in its weird and wacky ways. I’d absolutely love for you to join. Just search for Rewildologists in Facebook Groups or click the link in the show notes.

This week I have another announcement for you! I’m embarrassed to say it’s taken me this long, but I’ve finally built a newsletter to keep you all up to date on the latest episodes, new things going on here at Rewildology, and exciting developments. 

To sign up, head over to Rewildology.com and simply input your email address in the little popup. That’s it! I’ll handle the rest. 

Alrighty, everyone. That’s all for this week’s announcement. Now onto today’s show!

Last week, we met Kayla Fratt, founder of K9 Conservationists, and learned all about conservation detection dogs. Today, we’re exploring a different and very important canine job: anti-poaching dogs.

In this episode, I’m chatting with Jack Gradidge who is a Director for Dogs 4 Wildlife (the number 4, not ‘for’). Jack is a passionate rhino conservationist currently working with a breeding group of black rhinos in Wales, UK. His love for the natural world, and dedication to protect it, led him to form Dogs4Wildlife. This organization is awesome. They train anti-poaching dogs in the UK before deploying them to reserves across Africa. Their experienced team provides everything that reserves need in order to utilize these amazing dogs effectively. This includes advice on kennel design, handler training, toys, handling equipment, care advice, and continued support once the dogs are deployed. Pretty cool, right?

A lot goes into selecting, training, and deploying an anti-poaching pooch, which Jack explains in detail. He also shares what it’s like to start a not-for-profit organization from the ground up and everything that entails. 

I really believe in Dogs 4 Wildlife and think they’re a fantastic nonprofit to support. If you’d like to connect with Jack or Dogs 4 Wildlife, email them at info@dogs4wildlife.org or visit their website, dogs4wildlife.org.

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Also, if you’d like to connect with other fun, conservation-minded people and get the latest podcast announcements, join the Rewildologists community Facebook Group. You can easily find the group by either searching for Rewildologists or heading over the Rewildology Facebook page and clicking on the Groups tab. I encourage everyone to join, ask questions, share resources, and as always, keeping an open mind to the ebbs and flows of conservation.

Rewildologists Community Facebook Group

Alright. Onto my conversation with Jack.

Ep. 29 | Canines in Conservation: Protecting Wildlife & Communities with Jack Gradidge
Ep. 29 | Canines in Conservation: Protecting Wildlife & Communities with Jack Gradidge

Watch this episode on YouTube.

Watch this episode on YouTube.

Links & Resources

Social media links:
Dogs 4 Wildlife YouTube Channel


Contacting Jack

You can reach Jack by emailing him at info@dogs4wildlife.org.

Check out other Rewildology Episodes.

Ep. 28 Show Notes | Canines in Conservation: Detecting Scientific Data with Kayla Fratt
Ep. 27 Show Notes | The Most Interesting Man…On Safari with Jeff Trollip
Ep. 26 Show Notes | Protecting People & Elephants While Raising Women’s Voices with Beeju Poudyal; Part 5 “Nepal: Coexisting with Giants”

Brooke Mitchell-Norman
Brooke Mitchell-Norman

Brooke is a conservation biologist that has traveled the world studying how to balance human activity and healthy wildlife populations. She’s met several inspiring people along the way. These are their stories.

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