Day 148

Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling (APOPO) visitor center in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

APOPO is a registered Belgian non-governmental organisation which trains southern giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis. They call their trained rats HeroRATs. You will now look at rats in a different way.


Just takes a few words to tell you what APOPO do.


Introduction to the APOPO Visitor Center.


This map highlights where leftover landmines and explosives currently threaten more than a third of the world’s countries.


HerosRATs detect the scent of explosives and can check an area the size of a tennis court in 30 minutes, a human with a metal detector could take up to 4 days.


Example of markers used to identify locations where explosive devices have been located.


An exhibit showing how an unexploded mortar would be typically found in the ground.


This exhibit shows how a landmine would be buried in the ground, before being located and unearthed carefully before being disarmed.


An example of a Soviet made PMN2 anti-personnel blast mine laid at ground level.


This sign displays where a minefield was located, when clearance of the mines began and finished. The clearance of this particular minefield was funded by the German Government.


For more information on APOPO and the life saving work they do, please visit their website by clicking >here<.


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