Join us during the 2018 Skoll Forum to discover an innovative, sustainable, and surprising solution to the threat of landmines and tuberculosis. Visitors will learn how an African based NGO trains detection rats to save lives and create positive social change. You will discover how in rural Tanzania hundreds of African giant pouched rats have been trained to become HeroRATs capable of sniffing out deadly landmines and TB safely, quickly, and at a low-cost. Get involved by meeting and having your picture taken with Arthur, Gent and Tora, three African pouched rats just like the animals trained to save lives in developing countries. Our little friends will be accompanied by their owners who will gladly answer any questions you might have about this little-known, tropical and sometimes life-saving, incredible animal. Experience what life is like for a manual deminer detecting landmines by trying on a full demining suit complete with metal detector.
所有体验达人都必须遵守世界动物保护协会（World Animal Protection）制定的准则
The story of APOPO began in 1995 when Bart Weetjens, founder of the organization wondered if the rodents he used to keep as pets could be taught to sniff out landmines and other explosives. 20 years later, APOPO's HeroRATs have cleared over 22 million m2 of contaminated land and found over 50,000 explosive remnants of war in 6 countries. APOPO's HeroRATs also help to diagnose tuberculosis, one of the world's deadliest diseases. APOPO have already identified over 12,000 tuberculosis patients missed by conventional lab tests by 36 clinics in Tanzania, Mozambique and Ethiopia.
APOPO is a Belgian NGO that has developed an innovative method using African giant pouched rats, nicknamed “HeroRATS”, to detect landmines and tuberculosis using their extraordinary sense of smell. APOPO’s training and research center is based in Tanzania. APOPO employs 822 people (mostly from local populations) across 7 projects in 6 countries.
The activity will take place during the 2018 Skoll World Forum. As a Skoll awardee developing detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire positive social change, APOPO is proud to take part in this international event promoting sustainable solutions and innovation.
Meet Giant Rats who are Saving Lives