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Working with black rhinos means driving long distances, often over rough terrain, which is why we are grateful to the Ford Wildlife Foundation for the donation of a new bakkie.
The Ford Wildlife Foundation recently handed over a new Ford Ranger bakkie to WWF’s Dr Jacques Flamand for use in our Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.
The project aims to increase numbers of the critically endangered black rhino by increasing the land available on which they can breed. Since 2003, the project has created 10 new black rhino populations in South Africa.
There are at least 80 surviving calves on project sites, and population growth has been stimulated on all major black rhino reserves in KwaZulu-Natal.
“We are really grateful for the support the Ford Wildlife Foundation has given the Black Rhino Expansion Project, and continues to do,” said project leader Dr Flamand.
“We travel large distances in our quest for areas where black rhino can breed as fast and safely as possible, often on uneven and difficult terrain. To be able to do this comfortably and securely is a great help in our work.”
Pictured at the hand-over are: (L-R) Darryl Topper, Dealer Principal Barloworld Ford in Pietermaritzburg; Dr Jacques Flamand, WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project; Dr Jim Taylor, Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa; Lynda du Plessis, Ford Wildlife Foundation