Amaroks for proactive rhino protection

2016-10-06 06:00
=Six Amarok double cabs will be deployed for proactive rhino protection and anti-poaching activities in hot spot areas across the country.                           Photo: vwsa

=Six Amarok double cabs will be deployed for proactive rhino protection and anti-poaching activities in hot spot areas across the country. Photo: vwsa

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has renewed its support of the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative by extending the sponsorship of 6 new Amarok double cabs for another year.

The Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative is managed by Wilderness Foundation Africa, and the partnership with Volkswagen started in 2011. The 6 Amaroks will be deployed for proactive rhino protection and anti-poaching activities in hot spot areas across the country.

Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director: Volkswagen Group South Africa, said: “The renewal of the vehicle sponsorship reaffirms our pledge to assist environmental conscious organisations that are making a difference towards the sustainability of the endangered species in our country.”

The Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative is concerned with maintaining populations of free-ranging rhino within state and privately managed conservation areas. The campaign also aims to focus the attention on politicians and decision makers, encouraging them to apply pressure both nationally and abroad to address the issue of the illegal trade in rhino horn and other wildlife products.

“The deployment of Amaroks in hot spot areas has immensely improved our capacity to conduct proactive operations to gather intelligence and respond speedily to rhino poaching incidents,” said Matthew Norval, Chief Operating Officer: Wilderness Foundation Africa.

“ They are more than just anti-poaching vehicles. They are an important component in our conservation initiatives across the country.”

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