HERORATS IN ACTION
HeroRATs detecting landmines
HeroRATs detecting tuberculosis
HeroRATs in research & development
HOW THEY SPEED UP LANDMINE DETECTION
HeroRATs sniff out the chemical compounds of TNT (explosive) found in landmines and other explosive remnants of war. They ignore scrap metal making them much faster at detecting landmines than metal detectors.
HOW THEY HELP TO DETECT TUBERCULOSIS
The APOPO tuberculosis detection rats check TB samples collected from local clinics. Any samples they indicate as suspect are reconfirmed in APOPO's lab using WHO-endorsed methods. Our research program shows that the rats can increase detection rates of partner clinics by 40%.
HERORATS FOR ADOPTION
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.
Ronin is a gentle landmine detection rat and loves shoulder rides. On the minefield he is focused and hardworking. Based in Cambodia, Ronin sniffs out deadly explosives faster than conventional solutions.
Carolina is a female tuberculosis detection rat based in Dar es Salaam, a mega-city in Tanzania. Carolina can search 100 sputum samples in 20 minutes, much faster than a lab technician. Adopt Carolina and help us fight TB.
Nine year old Herry was very sick. His local clinic didn’t know why. Read how APOPO identified his TB.
TRAINING & RESEARCH
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