We would like to extend a thank you to Goodyear South Africa who is a proud supporter of Wilderness Foundation Africa’s many projects.
Goodyear’s generous donation of tyres assists management and veterinary teams to reach rhino that survived poaching incidents in tough terrain in order to treat their wounds. In order to protect rhino populations, reserves deploy armed anti-poaching rangers to patrol the reserves and protect their rhino populations from poachers.
Wilderness Foundation Africa’s Wildlife Operations Group deploys a dedicated patrol vehicle on public roads in and around reserves in the Eastern Cape. This vehicle is a proactive approach to wildlife crime and rhino poaching by being a deterrent to potential poachers, and also to report suspicious vehicles and activities to the relevant authorities. The patrol vehicle also collaborates with local SAPS during road blocks.
The Pride of Baakens and Groendal trails, supported by Goodyear, introduce approximately 800 learners per year from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to a one-day, entry-level outdoor experience.
The goal of the Pride trails is to provide an opportunity for the youth to experience their natural environment, often for the first time; as well as to educate the youth on the importance of caring for and preserving natural areas and environment. The Pride trails are all led by young, voluntary guides from the surrounding communities, and are managed and coordinated by Wilderness Foundation Africa.