JOHANNESBURG – ON Word Rhino Day, celebrated globally on Thursday, a motor company pledged its commitment to partner stakeholders to stop the killing of the endangered species.
Volkswagen has been partnering with the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative since 2011 and in the last five years, its Amaroks have assisted in the arrest of suspected poachers; the confiscation of firearms; the recovery of rhino horn; extended patrols in game parks around the country; rhino tracking exercises and the relocation of rhino for safety reasons and support to aerial teams across the country.
Recently, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles renewed its support of this initiative by extending the sponsorship of six new Amarok double cabs for another year.
World Rhino Day is on September 22 and celebrates all five species of rhino: black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010. The following year, World Rhino Day grew into an international success, encompassing both African and Asian rhino species.