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2012-09-18 08:23

DEFENDER'S NEW NATURAL HABITAT: Land Rover Defender 110 and 130 double cabs have been made available to help conserve African Wild Dog populations.

Land Rover SA has gifted two Defenders to the Endangered Wildlife Trust as it continues to support the country’s most threatened carnivore, the African Wild Dog, through its conservation programme.

Land Rover SA has been partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and has supported the African Wild Dog through its Carnivore Conservation programme since 2001. There are said to be less than 450 of the “painted dogs” remaining in South Africa.

DEFENDERS ON FIELD DUTY


Land Rover has now sponsored the EWT with Defender 110 and 130 double cabs to be used by EWT field workers stationed at the Kruger National Park and the Hluluwe iMfolozi Park.

The Defenders will be used to conduct ongoing scientific research in the mapping and population management of the wild dog populations, and for moving the animals to areas where they will be less inclined to prey on farm animals.

Brendan Whittington-Jones of the EWT said: “There are approximately 5500 free-ranging African Wild Dogs left in Africa. They have disappeared from at least 25 countries during the past 50 years and, with fewer than 450 free-ranging African Wild Dogs left in South Africa, it is the country’s rarest carnivore.

“The Defenders are the perfect tool for us in the field. We’re always on the move, following up on sightings and monitoring the movement of the packs. Some days we need to transport people and other days we need to relocate dogs. No day is the same and it’s important we have the versatility to deal with any situation,” Whittington-Jones concluded.

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