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About Marcous

Name: Marcous (MAR-COUS)
Sex: Male
Date of birth: 16 May 2013
Job title: Mine Detection Rat
Birthplace: Morogoro, Tanzania
Current Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Length: 68cm
Weight: 1,320 grams
Favourite food: Bananas and peanuts
Personality: A determined worker and always friendly
Gift Marcous to a loved one or friend? A HeroRAT adoption is an unforgettable gift that saves lives.
Marcous in the field
Marcous the HeroRAT Flying Rats

Mine Detection HeroRATs are all bred and trained at APOPO HQ in Morogoro, Tanzania. Marcous and his fellow HeroRATs overcame an epic journey 20,000 miiles around the world to become the first ever HeroRATs to leave Africa.

Trainer with cages The Nose Knows

Unlike manual (human) deminers with metal detectors, APOPO HeroRATs detect explosive chemicals and ignore uncontaminated scrap metal, making them highly efficient landmine detectors.

Unexploded mine Landmines in Cambodia

Over 1,000,000 tons of bombs were dropped in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. More than 100km2 of the country is contaminated with landmines and explosive remnants of war, creating more than 25,000 amputees, the highest ratio of mine amputees anywhere in the world.

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What you’ll receive
Welcome PackCertificateMonthly Newsletter

Welcome pack Everything you need to know about APOPO and your newly adopted HeroRAT is in a downloadable welcome pack. It contains information about your HeroRAT’s background, mission, training, animal welfare, and impact as well as interesting facts, figures and quotes from the APOPO team.

Certificate An official digital certificate of adoption complete with your name on it.

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