Every year the SANParks Honorary Rangers receive a substantial donation to use towards their anti-poaching efforts; for 2020 they are buying survival equipment.
South Africa (21 February 2020) – For the past five years the Conservation Services National Project of the SANParks Honorary Rangers has received an annual donation of R250 000 from the Amdec Group for anti-poaching efforts in the National Kruger Park area.
The SANParks Honorary Rangers is a group of unpaid volunteers who give freely of their time to support wildlife conservation in South Africa’s National Parks.
The total R1,25 million donation for the Save Our Rhinos Initiative has been used to procure the rangers’ essential anti-poaching equipment to improve their working conditions and poachers’ tracking performance. The funds have also been used to support the SANParks Air-Wing.
Amdec’s 2019 donation was used to install landing lights at the Skukuza runway to allow anti-poaching helicopters to take off and land at night, as well as enable the rangers to track poachers at any time. In 2020 the company’s donation will be allocated to equip the rangers with specialised survival equipment that allows the rangers to stay out in the bush, tracking down poachers, for longer periods of time.
Proudly South African, the company seeks to safeguard the environment with its commitment towards eco-sustainable development, so preserving our rich natural heritage for future generations.
It is with this goal in mind that John Wilson, Chairman of the Amdec Group and keen wildlife photographer and conservationist, founded the initiative back in 2015 to raise funds in support of anti-poaching projects.
“These passionate volunteers give freely of their time and skills to support what is dear to my heart and to our heritage as a nation,” shares Wilson. “Every rand donated to the Save our Rhinos initiative is used to fight poaching.”
SANParks Honorary Ranger Janssen Davies expressed his gratitude for this exceptional donation, adding that SANParks and the honorary rangers look forward to many more years of close collaboration with the Amdec Group to help stop poaching in our National Parks.
This year’s cheque was handed over by John Wilson to Janssen Davies at a ceremony in Cape Town on 20 January 2020.