PORT Alfred was graced with a visit by some canine crusaders last week, when an anti-rhino poaching unit stopped for a milkshake at The Olive & Bean.
Canine instructors Aidon Lippstreu, and his father Anthony Lippstreu, from the Sibuya Game Reserve anti-poaching canine unit, stopped by with their trainees, Bongani Funani, Eric Dickson and Tyler Sims.
Each trainee is learning how to handle the dogs. Funani handles Sammy the Belgium Shephard, Dickson handles the blood-hound Ella, and Sims handles Roxy the German Shephard.
Aidon and Anthony Lippstreu have been training and handling dogs for the past 25 years, the younger of the two said.
“We’re actually on reserve, training these three,” Lippstreu said.
The Olive & Bean was an apt place to stop as owner Jo Wilmot is a big supporter of rhino conservation and is involved in fundraising and awareness of the plight of rhinos through Kenton Rotary.