Animals Saving Animals
1238. Daryll Pleasants
Daryll Pleasants, from Norfolk, is an Ex-Armed Forces member who founded the charity 'Animals Saving Animals' to train elite anti-poaching dogs to support conservation efforts across Africa and India and reduce wildlife crime.
Following eight years working as a military dog instructor and as an escape and evasion instructor with the Armed Forces, Daryll began a dog training business teaching dogs how to track. Following a volunteer trip to a conservancy in Kenya, he realised the difference trained dogs could make to anti-poaching patrols, and subsequently launched ‘Animals Saving Animals’ in 2016. Deployed in body armour and working alongside conservation agencies in conservancies and national parks across Africa and India, the anti-poaching dogs provide vital support in protecting critically endangered species such as the black rhino from extinction.
In a personal letter to Daryll, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how you bring your military background to train elite anti-poaching dogs who are deployed, in body armour, across Africa and India to protect critically endangered species like black rhinos from extinction.”
“I am both delighted and humbled to receive this award. Although working dogs play a crucial role in a worldwide anti-poaching and conservation strategy, recognition must always be given to the rangers and K9 handlers who protect our conservancies and national parks on a daily basis. To be nominated for a Points of Light award is an honour and I accept it on behalf of all involved with ‘Animals Saving Animals’.”
Pictured below: Daryll with a young black rhino