With World Rhinoceros Day celebrated on 22nd September, it’s important to focus on the big yet helpless animals with poaching being a serious threat to their existence. More than a thousand rhinos were murdered last year alone for their horns.
South African black and white rhino herds are seriously threatened by wildlife poaching. Nissan South Africa has made available a Nissan Patrol 4×4 to the 550km² Pilansberg National Park rhino protection unit to help with patrolling.
Previously Nissan SA sponsored the ear notching of two white rhinos at the park. Both animals were caught, marked and a DNA sample was collected to aid tracking, monitoring and identification. The car donation will help with anti-poaching efforts to protect rhinos.
Jim Dando, Nissan SA’s director of sales and operations for Sub-Saharan Africa says Nissan Patrol’s tough off-road capability will help protection officers thwart poaching at the park and help save rhinos.
Pilanesberg National Park’s manager Johnson Maoka says manpower and mobility are essential for rhino protection attempts. The Patrol rhino protection fleet vehicle will help access huge tracts of rugged terrain on rhino monitoring routines.
Alongside vehicle patrols, armed and camouflaged rhino protection teams work with specially trained dogs in the K9 unit during detection and tracking exercises. The park hasn’t lost a rhino since February 2016, and monitoring remains a round-the-clock activity with poaching being an ever present threat.