The plight of the Rhino has never been more critical than now. And anyone who tuned into the Carte Blanche TV programme on Sunday night will have witnessed the brutal method poachers use to hack the horns off these animals whilst they are still alive. A ruthless act that is stopping at nothing to destroy what is left of this protected species.
Here in Namibia the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) which was formed to reduce poaching and save these animals from the brink of extinction in 1982 is fighting this ongoing battle. And after three decades of SRT's pioneering efforts out in the field and collaboration with the Namibian government, WWF and communities, the black rhino population is stable.
The constant need for funding and 4×4 tracking vehicles to protect Namibia's black Rhino in our country is a challenge - a call which was answered by M&Z Motors Jeep recently who handed over a special edition Conservation Jeep Wrangler at the Motor Expo last week.
It was a milestone moment, when Stephan Enslin (Sales Manager M&Z Jeep) handed the keys to a brand new four-door Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 3.6L V6 A5 to Marcia Fargnoli (CEO Safe the Rhino Trust Namibia). The fully sponsored Conservation Jeep Wrangler to the value of N$515 990 "will certainly be put to good use and couldn't have come at a better time to assist us with our challenging Rhino conservation protection," said a delighted Marcia, adding that this the first time a local motor dealership has assisted their operation with a vehicle.
SRT's rhino conservation work in the country is hugely important, on both a national and international level. All species living in the rhino range benefit from the reintroduction of rhino, through increased surveillance, patrolling, and monitoring of animals in general. Individual population statistics are confidential to protect against targeted poaching, which is where the need for vehicles comes into play.
Based on the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Sahara models, the Conservation Edition vehicles have been built in limited numbers in conjunction with the Reserve Protection Agency (RPA), a non-profit and public benefit organisation at the forefront of the protection of South Africa's endangered wildlife species, specifically focusing on protecting our diminishing rhino population. More....