quarta-feira, 9 de abril de 2014

Na luta contra a caça furtiva na Zambia


It is a little-known fact, but there is just a single, solitary black rhino in the Victoria Falls area, and it remains unharmed and carefully-monitored in the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve. This magnificent creature, once so prolific, has long since been extinct in the Zambezi National Park, the southern reaches of Zambia, and the Chobe National Park. 
The Stanley & Livingstone is managed by the Mantis Collection, a hotel group dedicated not only to superior hospitality, but also to conservation and in particular the preservation of the rhino in Southern Africa. They market and manage a portfolio spread across the globe and pride themselves on the fact that they’re the only hotel group in the world to have a presence on all seven continents – they even have a lodge in Antarctica.
Mantis has had a longstanding relationship with Land Rover. Many of their reserves have been kitted out with the classic Defender model which continues to deliver the most comfortable of game drive experiences on the continent.
Land Rover is also dedicated to the war on Africa’s rhino and they have stepped up to the mark and donated a Defender to the rhino crusade at the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve. The game reserve is home to the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, an organisation dedicated to offering training and support to the anti-poaching rangers – brave warriors and true hero’s on the front-line, tasked with protecting these magnificent creatures.
The Land Rover Defender forms an integral part of the anti-poaching units operations and was recently used in an essential medi-evacuation situation when a badly wounded ranger attacked by a crocodile while on his duties was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
“We were able to quickly get to the scene, administer first aid, and rush him of to hospital,” commented Ian Du Preez, the reserve manager. “Not only has the vehicle greatly assisted in emergency situations, it has also been indispensable in running Anti-Poaching Patrols, deploying our Rangers to strategic locations, predator monitoring projects as well as ensuring adequate supplies are available for operations. Without this Defender our operational capabilities would be severely reduced.”

Editors Note:
-       Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true breadth of capability across the model range. Defender, Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's 4x4 sectors. Land Rover products are currently sold in approximately 180 global markets.