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Combating rhino poaching

Since Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles donated six Volkswagen Amarok bakkies to the Wilderness Foundation’s
Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative in June 2011, the vehicles have travelled almost 300 000 kilometres and have been used in a large number of successful anti-poaching activities, writes Claire Warneke.

“Due to the security risk, we can’t offer detailed information on where the vehicles have been and what they have been used for,” says Wilderness Foundation’s Conservation director, Matthew Norval. “However, we can confirm that the vehicles have been used extensively in KZN, Kruger, the Pilanesberg, Indalo Private Game Reserves and the Great Fish River Nature Reserve. They have been part of a coordinated anti-poaching strategy which has led to a number of successful arrests and convictions.”

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