Rhino horn has become the most valuable commodity known to man. Sold on the Asian market, this trade has pushed rhinos very close to extinction. In 2017, Joe Braman traveled to South Africa to see for himself what was really happening to the Rhinos and HOW HE COULD HELP by using free running pack hounds to follow and arrest poachers. Joe was horrified by what he saw, and after a month in Africa he returned to Texas and got to work training what he felt would be an exceptional solution. African trainers visited Joe in Texas, and as they witnessed his methods of training as his Texas-born hounds started to mature, it also started to change the way the teams operate in Africa.
The hounds in South Africa are having unprecedented success, and within the next month, the first set of 20 Texas dogs will be headed to Africa to expand and continue this incredible solution, the likes of which has never been equaled.
Joe remains fully committed to the conservation of the Rhinos in Africa, and we are confident that the day will soon come when this dedicated Texas solution brings poaching to a halt.