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A new charity initiative calls on dog owners to show their support for anti-poaching dogs.

UK based conservation charity Real World Conservation Trust (formerly real Africa Trust) is partnering with African Parks to fund anti-poaching dogs for Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dogs have proven highly effective elsewhere in Africa, including protecting elephants, rhino and lion, but Garamba currently does not have a canine unit and its elephants population has been decimated by poaching.

Real World Conservation Trust already supports working dog initiatives and has fully funded four anti-poaching dogs in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya. They now plan to raise in excess of $50,000 towards a canine unit for Garambe.

The charity is calling on dog lovers who want to support this conservation initiative with their ‘Selfie for Survival’ social media campaign. All you have to do is take a selfie or photo with your dog, make a small donation (minimum £2) to the charity, and post the photo to the charity’s Facebook page @RealWorldConservation with the hashtag #selfieforsurvival.

All photos will be combined to form a giant elephant wall mosaic and will be exhibited on a national gallery tour this autumn, including a week at gallery@oxo on London’s South Bank, The Conde Nast Luxury Travel Fair at Olympia and Wildlife & Safari Show at Harrogate Convention Centre in Yorkshire.

You have until 31 August to send in your submission. For more information visit their website selfieforsurvival.co.uk

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