Mantrailing Courses to help Virunga

Mantrailing is a form of search dog training with a very long tradition. Dogs that are trained in mantrailing (so-called mantrailers) can follow the scent of any individual over great distances, even if the trail is old, and can then identify the individual in question. This is also the method that we use in training the Congohounds. Police and rescue organizations have been using mantrailers for centuries. Over the last ten years private dog owners in Central Europe have also discovered mantrailing as a fun activity for their family dogs. As a mantrailing expert with 25 years of experience in this field and as manager of the Congohound project in the Virunga National Park I regularly organize charity mantrailing events together with our ranger task force. I also hold workshops and seminars in Switzerland – where I am joined by the rangers of the Congohound Unit for a brief period in autumn. If you live in Switzerland you can book us for such an event. And if you are interested we can top off the mantrailing workshop with a presentation about the Congohound Unit of the Virunga National Park, including a film on the project. Your workshop fees will be used to support the Congohound Unit.



Please contact us if you are interested in mantrailing workshops ( or +41 79 635 81 01). We will be happy to organize an individual workshop for you, to be held at the Farmersplace Training Center or a location of your choice in Switzerland.

Dr. med. vet. Marlene Zähner