The Copenhagen Zoo kindly agreed to finance the installation and maintenance of a ParkView© console at the Pilanesberg Centre.
Another agreement provides for the Zoo to establish a research center, accommodation, funding of a research administrator, and bursaries for local and international scholars.
The Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust also got a boost with a further R 120,000 pa for a period of four years.Read more
Dawn Wing with their Rhino Nothching Programme in the Pilanesberg National Park have assisted the Park greatly in getting Rhino's notched.
They also raised funds that have enabled the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust to further equip the Field rangers and the Anti-Rhino Poaching Unit.
During 2013 Dawn Wing continues to participate in the Rhino Programme and we would like to thank them for their commitment to Pilanesberg at the Wildlife Trust.
The Wilderness Foundation encourages, plans and manages wild lands and wilderness, uplifts the knowledge and lives of historically disadvantaged citizens and stimulates an environmental ethos amongst current and future leaders.
The organisation was founded in 1972. It has pioneered many projects and initiatives aimed at demonstrating wilderness and wild lands as a positive, integral force in developing social and environmental sustainability in South Africa.
In June 2011, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles announced its sponsorship of six Volkswagen Amarok pick-up vehicles to the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative. The R2-million sponsorship is part of the partnership between Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and the Wilderness Foundation.
Pilanesberg National Park's anti-poaching unit has been a recipient of one of the Amaroks, and have been actively using the Amarok for rhino anti-poaching. The sponsorship was renewed in June 2012 and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles replaced the Amaroks with brand new models in December 2012.
Rhino Dogs! In The Bush, on the Frontlines. Tracking. Protecting. Detecting.
It is well known that the combination of a trained dog handler and his dog is a powerful weapon against crime.
With the handler's knowledge of crime, his reasoning and alert mind, backed-up by the dog's discriminating nose, its superior sense of hearing, better eyesight, agility, power and trainability, they form a very effective team.
This project will bring teams face to face against rhino poachers on the frontlines.
Stop Rhino Poaching (SRP) has donated and trained 3 rhino dogs and they have covered the training costs of 3 field rangers from Pilanesberg National Park. These dogs and their handlers do patrols and raids in and around the Park. Elise and her team are doing some amazing work.
MECHEM sponsored the first three handler's training courses valued at R 15,000.00 per person.
Experienced instructors conduct training and make use of the excellent facilities available to them at the MECHEM head office in Pretoria. MECHEM currently have 48 accredited dogs working in Angola, DRC and Sudan and another 32 trained detection dogs in their kennels. Locally, MECHEM dogs are deployed at freight forwading at O R Tambo Airport & Cape Town International Airport.
MECHEM also facilitates in the sale and training of Explosive Detection Dogs, Mine Detection Dogs, Patrol Dogs and Narcotics Detection Dogs.
In 2011 Toyota SA in conjunction with Jacaranda FM sponsored a vehicle to the Pilanesberg National Park on loan to assist in the fight against rhino poaching. At the time the Park had limited vehicle resources.
More recently the Park purchased 6 vehicles from Toyota SA and were given a discount. These vehicles are used extensively by the Field rangers for effective patrolling. Stationed all over the Park, the vehicles have really made a difference in the ability of the staff to do their work effectively. Thank you Toyota!
Bakubung Bush Lodge & Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge are in the Pilanesberg National Park.
Both lodges contribute towards the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust.
For more information about the lodges visit Legacy Hotels
Ivory Tree Game Lodge and Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge are based in the Pilanesberg National Park and donate a percentage of their income to the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust.
This donation is earmarked specifically for the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Tribe and community based projects which includes education and develpoment projects.
African Anthology also assists with other donations towards the fund raising efforts of the PWT.
For more information visit about the lodges visit African Anthology