The fight against Rhino poaching in Swaziland has been boosted by the donation of a sophisticated rhino tracking vehicle by Human-itarian, Kingsley Holgate.
Holgate, who is in the country for an eight-day study, announced the donation during an interview soon after a press briefing held at the Mbuluzi Game Reserve on Tuesday.
Holgate described rhino poaching as a scourge, which was posing a great danger to the rhino species and African tourism.
He said the vehicle would be based at Lavumisa.
Holgate said the vehicle would be based on the South African side of the border mainly because its operations would be controlled by a South African based organisation called Project Rhino.
“Even though the vehicle will be based on the South African side, Swazi Game Reserves will benefit since the vehicle is fitted with sophisticated tools that will track the movement of rhinos and poachers,” he said.
Holgate further stated that similar vehicles were stationed in most game reserves in South Africa ad- ding that the method was very effective in the fight against rhino poaching.
He said even though rhino poaching seemed to be on the rise at the Kruger National Park, rhino tracking vehicles had been effective in tracking down most poachers.
The Kingsley Holgate Foundation further donated 20 bicycles to All out Africa, a locally based organisation, which deals with community projects and conservation research.
Holgate said the bicycles were primarily aimed at developing mountain cycling in the Lubombo region.
Meanwhile, the Foundation will also be hosting a schools art competition as part of its eight-day visit to the country.
Explaining the terms of the competition, Holgate said competing pupils will be required to come up with drawings sensitising people about the importance of preventing rhino poaching.
He said the person who comes up with the most exciting drawing would get an award.