In an effort to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching and other wildlife crime, Toyota South Africa Motors has donated a brand new Hilux Double Cab 4×4 to South African National Parks (SANParks) in order to help combat wildlife poaching.
The vehicle is valued at approximately R546 500 and was accepted by SANParks Chief Financial Officer, Dumisani Dlamini on 19 October at SANParks Head Office in Pretoria.
The vehicle will assist in transporting the Meerkat wide-area persistent surveillance system. The system comprises of a suite of radar and electro-optic sensors which are able to detect human movement, effective in countering poaching in the Kruger National Park, SANParks said.
SANParks said that since its deployment, numerous poaching groups have been detected, resulting in several arrests and an 80% decrease in poaching incidents.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony, Dlamini said the donation from Toyota SA Motors will enable SANParks to provide real-time intelligence information to field reaction forces. “Your involvement through this donation signifies a constructive approach in the fight against wildlife crime and is much appreciated.”
He said this gesture has shown “Toyota South Africa Motors patriotism for our beloved country. Your involvement through this sponsorship signifies a constructive approach in the fight against rhino poaching and is highly gratifying.”
Dlamini also acknowledged the increased cooperation from ordinary members of the public and from corporate South Africa. “This vehicle is another important tool to be used to support existing anti-poaching efforts”.
Toyota SA Motors Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Calvyn Hamman said “Toyota South Africa is committed to contribute in various ways to society. Protecting our wildlife heritage is close to our hearts and the plight of Rhinos in South Africa is an important and urgent issue, hence our support to SANParks”
“Together we can decrease the amount of wildlife crime in the country and save our precious heritage for the future generations,” Dlamini said.
South Africa is home to over 80% of the world rhino population and most of those are managed by SANParks. The Kruger National Park has been at the receiving end of the killing of this endangered species, and as such has had to implement new technology to curb the poaching incidents and other wildlife crime, SANParks said.