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Ford Wildlife Foundation Supports Saving The Survivors in Mozambique

PRETORIA, South Africa, 2018

The Ford Wildlife Foundation handed over a new Ford Ranger pickup truck to Saving The Survivors in Mozambique. This is to assist injured endangered wildlife that have fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents. The handover forms part of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA) commitment to the conservation and preservation of the environment in Sub Saharan Africa.

The Mozambique branch of Saving The Survivors has been in operation for the past year under Dr. Joao Almeida. The organization provides support to injured Rhino, Elephant, and other species through specialist veterinary expertise. This is either in their own capacity, or by assisting other veterinarians in the field.

Dr. Almeida and the Saving The Survivors team has already been instrumental in several conservation projects, as well as assisting various endangered, injured animals in Mozambique. Recently, Dr .Almeida completed one of the largest Elephant collaring operations in the world. Here, he collared 40 elephants with the Administration of National Areas of Conservation (ANAC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Mozambique.

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How the Ford Ranger Will Support the Treatment of Injured Animals

Mozambique is a vast country, and Saving The Survivors is continually requested to travel wide and far within Mozambique. The Ford Ranger will enable Dr. Almeida to cover vast areas. This enables him to reach these animals quickly, giving them the best possible care.  Currently reaching animals quickly is not always easy. This is because of the long distances travelled. Also because Dr. Almeida is one of the few wildlife vets throughout Mozambique. The Ranger also allows STS vets to store and transport the highly expensive equipment required to treat wildlife.

“The addition of a Ford Ranger to the Saving The Survivors team in Mozambique is an absolute game changer,” says Dr. Almeida. “We feel that this vehicle will be crucial in adding to the successes of treating endangered animals in this vast country and assist greatly with the conservation work of STS in Mozambique.”

The locally-built Ford Ranger, which is one of South Africa’s top-selling vehicles overall and in the light commercial segment, will be used to enable the project to go further and make a real impact – particularly in the remote locations often associated with conservation and environmental projects.

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