The US Department of Defence (DoD) handed over two Toyota Land Cruisers to the Namibian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) on 18 May in support of counter-poaching operations.
They were handed over by Lieutenant Colonel John Lacy, the United States Defence Attache to Namibia, and received by Manie le Roux, MEFT Control Warden: Central Parks, Colgar Sikopo, MEFT Director of Wildlife and National parks, and Johnson Ndokosho, MEFT Deputy Director for Central Regions.
The US Embassy in Namibia said one of the vehicles will be based at the Waterberg Law Enforcement Training Centre where it will be used for training purposes. The other vehicle will be used for anti-poaching activities, specifically with the K-9 unit to combat wildlife crime.
This donation is part of the US Foreign Military Financing Program (FMFP) for biodiversity to be used in Namibia’s anti-poaching efforts. The delivery of the Land Cruisers marks the halfway point in deliveries of items worth $530,000 under the FMFP programme, the embassy said.
The first delivery was made in February 2019 when the DoD provided 65 pairs of low-light binoculars to MEFT for anti-poaching activities. Additional items included in the FMFP program are camping gear, anti-poaching crime scene equipment, and classroom furniture.