Ford has gifted the Wildlife ACT Emergency Response Fund at the Somkhanda Game Reserve with a Ford Ranger Double Cab 4x4. The Wildlife ACT is focussed on safeguarding endangered species using defensible monitoring and conservation projects. At the Somkhanda Game Reserve in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, they concentrate on the monitoring of African wild dogs, lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and other. They not only monitor the animals but they also respond to injured and runaway animals.
Pippa Orpen, project manager for the Wildlife ACT Emergency Response Fund at Somkhanda says, “We are incredibly grateful for the FWF’s support. Having access to an extremely capable 4x4 vehicle in the Ford Ranger is an essential tool in enabling us to respond quickly to these emergency situations, and helps us save these endangered species.”
“Our Emergency Response work across the region covers a mosaic landscape of protected areas, communal residential and agricultural land and requires a reliable and hardworking vehicle that can get us to remote areas to save wildlife and reduce potential costs to landowners,” Orpen notes.
With the help of the community, the Wildlife ACT also looks at biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development. The ACT has a Community Conservation initiative where they per sway the community to perceive the wildlife, especially predators, in a positive manner.
“Wildlife ACT does amazing work around the country, and it is a privilege for the Ford Wildlife Foundation be directly involved in its Emergency Response Fund project at the Somkhanda Game Reserve to care for and protect endangered species,” says Lynda du Plessis, manager of the FWF. “Ford Rangers are used by FWF-supported projects around South Africa to provide safe, comfortable and dependable mobility for the conservation organisation staff, with many operating in very remote and rugged areas, which is where the Ranger excels.”
For more information on Wildlife ACT visit: www.wildlifeact.com