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  • APOPO, based in Tanzania, trains African giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis.
  • On Tuesday, APOPO announced one of its landmine-detecting rats, Magawa, died over the weekend at the age of 8.
  • Magawa was the organization's best landmine detector, detecting more than 100 landmines while stationed in Cambodia.

A rat that has been heralded for its landmine detection abilities has died at the age of 8. 

Magawa, a male African giant pouched rat, was trained to detect landmines by the nonprofit organization APOPO 

“It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that HeroRAT Magawa passed away peacefully this weekend,” APOPO announced Tuesday 


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APOPO, based in Tanzania, trains African giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis, known as HeroRATS, utilizing the species’ keen sense of smell. Magawa was the organization's best landmine detector, detecting more than 100 landmines while stationed in Cambodia. 

“Every discovery he made reduced the risk of injury or death for the people of Cambodia,” APOPO said, adding, “It is thanks to all of you that Magawa will leave a lasting legacy in the lives that he saved.” 


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Published on Jan 11, 2022