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Vehicles used to combat rhino poaching


WORLD Rhino Day is on the 22nd September which - if you didn’t notice - is today. It celebrates all five species of rhino: black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos. World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF South Africa in 2010. The following year, World Rhino Day grew into an international success, encompassing both African and Asian rhino species.

Many motoring manufacturers and independent organisations have pledged themselves to help combat rhino poaching. We have a list of some of those dedicated organisations and we honour them for their never-ending effort against rhino poaching.

Reserve Protection Agency and Jeep

The Reserve Protection Agency (RPA) R&D centre provides the entry point for providing and developing technology applications within conservation and granting them to those with requirements. These technologies then travel the region to educate and inspire stakeholders and local communities to optimize conservation efforts.

This includes exciting social development programmes, from 4x4 Ranger training to teaching stakeholders to build, operate and employ remotely piloted aircraft (drones). 

RPA is proud to work alongside its partners, General Tire® and Jeep, to provide technology breakthroughs and community upliftment projects to protect our ecosystem.

Unite against Poaching and Volkswagens Amarok

Unite against Poaching makes good use of a Volkswagen Amarok, which is being used for ground transport of the Unitrans Volkswagen Tracker Hounds Unit in the Kruger National Park. These tracker hounds have been identified as a significant weapon in the counter-poaching arsenal and we are extremely proud to be associated with this particular initiative.

It is in the knowledge that a well-trained and equipped field ranger is one of the most significant weapons in the war against poaching.

Pilanesberg anti-poaching unit and Toyota

In 2010, Toyota South Africa joined forces with Gauteng radio station, Jacaranda 94.2 in its campaign to stop the scourge of rhino poaching in SA, by donating the use of two, Hilux 2.5 D-4D SRX 4x4 bakkies to the Pilanesberg anti-poaching unit in the North West Province.

Rhino Force, Graffiti and Mitsubishi

Vehicle branding experts, Graffiti, have shown their commitment to the protection of the rhino species in the best way they know how – by sponsoring the branding of the Mitsubishi Triton vehicle used by Rhino Force, an organisation that activates cause-related initiatives to support conservation, environmental and social upliftment. The branded Mitsubishi is yet another tool used to help deliver Rhino Force’s powerful message and to generate further interest and awareness around their environmental protection initiatives.

Denel Dynamics Seeker

The Denel Dynamics Seeker is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufactured in South Africa by Denel Dynamics. The system is designed to perform tactical reconnaissance in real-time and can conduct day and night surveillance in all threatened environments. Since December 2012, Denel Dynamics has a Seeker II UAV deployed against rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park. The UAV operates at night with its thermal and other specialist equipment supplying real-time imagery to assist patrols on the ground.

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