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Andy Murray champions the fight against illegal wildlife trade

 

We’re thrilled that tennis pro and WWF Global Ambassador Andy Murray is championing our work to stop the illegal trade in wildlife. And we’re delighted he took time out from his training to talk about his support of our work. Here’s what Andy had to say…

WWF Global Ambassador Andy Murray meets the next generation of Metropolitan Police Service sniffer dogs at The Championships, Wimbledon © Greg Armfield / WWF-UKWWF Global Ambassador Andy Murray meets the next generation of Metropolitan Police Service sniffer dogs at The Championships, Wimbledon © Greg Armfield / WWF-UK

“I was shocked to hear that the illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to the survival of some of the world’s most threatened species. And it’s increased massively over the past decade – as wealth in demand countries increases, so does the problem.”

“So I’m supporting a new sniffer dog programme in Nepal, in which two dogs (one named Murray after me, the other Sears after my wife) are being trained to sniff out guns and snares and the routes used by poachers.”

With support from WWF, two sniffer dogs, Murray (left) and Sears (right) join the patrol team in Chitwan National Park, to help tackle poaching © Akash Shrestha / WWF-UKWith support from WWF, two sniffer dogs, Murray (left) and Sears (right) join the patrol team in Chitwan National Park, to help tackle poaching © Akash Shrestha / WWF-UK

“It means a lot to have a dog with such an important role named after me. It’s vital that we protect wild tigers, elephants and rhinos, and sniffer dogs not only help achieve this, they can also help bring poachers to justice.”

Indian rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park, NepalIndian rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park, Nepal © Michael Gunther / WWF-Canon

Our short film, featuring Andy Murray training at Wimbledon, explains that being a sniffer dog takes talent, commitment and skill – just like being a tennis champion.

So please watch it, share with your friends, donate if you can and then let’s all ‪#‎GoWildForAndy! www.wwf.org.uk/andy

What do you think about Andy becoming WWF Global Ambassador? Do you like the video? Leave us your comments.

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