The dream of each and every rat trained by APOPO is to become a HeroRAT! HeroRATS contribute to peace and development, by finding explosives and screening for Tuberculosis.
Finding landmines and detecting disease is a complicated business so HeroRATS specialize in one of three disciplines. The first is screening samples of soil that have been brought from a suspected area and evaluating which samples (and corresponding areas) are highly suspected and which are not. This discipline helps ensure that the team tasked with demining an area can focus on the areas with mines and the areas without can be released- opening roads and letting in much awaited aid. The second and most popular method is working in the field to find hidden landmines. The third discipline currently pursued by HeroRATS in training is evaluating sputum samples for Tuberculosis.
Learn about HeroRats: http://www.apopo.org