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About Baraka
Meet Baraka
Baraka is a sweet and playful young rat that is being trained as a Mine Detection Rat or ‘HeroRAT’ for short. He is training under expert handlers in Tanzania at APOPO’s Training and Innovation Center. All of our HeroRATs have a highly developed sense of smell and their light weight makes them ideal detectors of landmines and tuberculosis. Thanks to the generous adoption support of people like you, we can continue to carry out our important work and protect the lives of men, women, and children, as well as animals and wildlife.

Additional information

Name

Baraka (BAH-RAH-KAH)

Sex

Male

Species

African giant pouched rat

Scientific Name

Cricetomys ansorgei

Date of birth

4 August 2022

Birthplace

Morogoro, Tanzania

Parents

Nysa (f) + Finest (m)

Siblings

2 sisters, 1 brother

Education

Landmine detection

Job title

Mine Detection Rat

Personality

Playful and curious