APOPO is a Belgian NGO that developed an innovative method using African giant pouched rats, nicknamed "HeroRATS", to detect landmines and tuberculosis using their extraordinary sense of smell.
APOPO is a global non-profit organization that trains African giant pouched rats (fondly nicknamed ‘HeroRATs’) to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis in economically challenged countries. APOPO is headquartered in Tanzania and clears landmines in Mozambique, Angola and Cambodia, and soon in Zimbabwe. APOPO also detects tuberculosis in Tanzania and Mozambique, and soon in Ethiopia.
Support from players will directly help people across the world who live in fear of landmines or who are hindered by tuberculosis.
The rats are trained through clicker/reward methods, receiving tasty banana treats when they identify explosives or tuberculosis. They are never harmed because they are too light to actually set off any landmines.