Ford shows support for conservation projects
Ford Wildlife Foundation provides mobility and support for conservation projects with new Ford Ranger
Ford Wildlife Foundation hands over new Ford Rangers to two renowned conservation projects in South Africa as part of Ford’s ongoing commitment to environmental preservation. The Cape Leopard Trust and the Sea Search Research group to use Ford Rangers as support vehicles for their conservation teams for dedicated projects in Western Cape and Namibia.
The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa established the Ford Wildlife Foundation to support education, research, and conservation projects around Sub-Saharan Africa.
On the 30th of March 2017, the Ford Wildlife Foundation has handed over new Ford Rangers to two renowned conservation projects in South Africa. The Cape Leopard Trust and the Sea Search Research and Conservation group each received a new Ford Ranger to use as a support vehicle for their conservation teams in the Western Cape, and, for Sea Search, in Namibia as well. The handover forms part of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA) commitment to the conservation and preservation of the environment in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The locally-built Ford Ranger, which is one of South Africa’s top-selling vehicles overall and in the light commercial vehicle segment, will be used to enable the projects to go further and make a real impact - particularly in the remote locations often associated with conservation and environmental projects - thanks to the 4x4 capability.
Leopard Research in the Cedarberg Region.
Established in 2004, the Cape Leopard Trust is an active predator conservation group using scientific research as a tool to facilitate conservation, particularly in find-ing solutions to human-wildlife conflict and inspiring a greater interest in the environment through an interactive environmental education legacy programme.
“We are thrilled that the Ford Ranger bakkie will be joining our Cedarberg project, where it will be a wonderful asset for the research team at the coal face of leopard conservation,” says Helen Turnbull, Cape Leopard Trust CEO.
The Ford Ranger will initially assist the project with implementing a large-scale camera survey that extends over 320,000 hectares as part of a five-year leopard monitoring plan. The survey will see 150 field cameras deployed and monitored by a team of researchers and research volunteers to produce a robust scientific study of leopard populations across the area, as well as taking into consideration monitoring of leopard prey species density and potential threats to leopard survival, with the aim to inform leopard management policy and contribute to national leopard monitoring protocol.