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Media Release: Bullet proof vests for Addo's Ranger dogs

Unread post by FrontierPR » Mon May 08, 2017 8:16 am

02 May 2017

The two canine members of Addo Elephant National Park’s (AENP) ranger corps are now equally protected from life-threatening situations, like their human counterparts, thanks to the donation of bullet proof vests from integrated risk solutions company, Quemic. In addition to this, the company also donated two trauma/first aid kits specifically for the dogs, as well as dog food for an entire year.

Quemic’s Regional Ranger in the Western Cape, Nikki Haynes, was born in Addo when his father, Mike Haynes, was the Hospitality Services Manager in the Park. Mike heard about Addo’s need for the items at a demonstration with the dogs about two months ago and thought it was an ideal opportunity for Nikki to get involved, as the company he works for, Quemic, already provides firearm training to SANParks’ Environmental Monitors. The company is also involved in anti-rhino poaching operations with private landowners and other nature conservation agencies.

Quemic’s Director, Gerrit Lamprecht and Nikki were on hand to personally hand the safety equipment and food over to the dogs and their handlers in the Park. The vests, trauma/first aid kits and food is valued at over R130 000.

“If one is personally involved in nature conservation, as we are through our business, you know the landscape and try to help wherever you can. All of us in the nature fraternity need to look out for one another, irrespective of the size of our organisations. And for me, personally, this was just the perfect fit, given my history with and in Addo,” said Nikki.

Addo’s two canine rangers, Banshee and Bandit, are about five years old and provide sniffing and tracking support to the rangers. Bandit, provided to AENP by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, and Banshee will now be kitted out in their bullet proof vests while on duty, protected from gunshot wounds and knife attacks. Their handlers will be given training on how to use the dogs’ trauma/first aid kits, which are advanced enough to sustain them until they reach a veterinarian.

AENP Conservation Manager, John Adendorff, says “We cannot tell you how grateful we are for your handover today. We want to give our dogs everything we can to ensure their safety, as we do with our rangers. They are integral to our operations and today’s sponsorship ensures that they have the best protection when they’re in the field.”

Photo caption: Dog handler - Vusumzi Nxamleko, Section Ranger – Anban Padayachee, Quemic Director – Gerrit Lamprecht, Ballistic Body Armour International Sales Manager – Henry Ainslie, Quemic Regional Ranger – Nikki Haynes, Park Manager – Mzwandile Mjadu and Environmental Monitor - Raghoo Saterdag, with Addo’s two dogs, Bullet and Banshee.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region Communications

Enquiries:
Fayroush Ludick
Regional Manager: Communications, SANParks
Tel: 082 888 0201 or 012 426 5371
E-mail: fayroush.ludick@sanparks.org
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Re: Media Release: Bullet proof vests for Addo's Ranger dogs

Unread post by Hugh » Mon May 08, 2017 8:30 am

Well done :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by lion queen » Mon May 08, 2017 10:15 am

Stunning!!!

Thank you for sharing! :gflower:
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Re: Media Release: Bullet proof vests for Addo's Ranger dogs

Unread post by hilda » Mon May 08, 2017 11:43 am

Wonderful sponsorship! Thank you and well done to all involved! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by gannet » Mon May 08, 2017 12:28 pm

Great news - thanks to the sponsor and everyone involved :clap:
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Re: Media Release: Bullet proof vests for Addo's Ranger dogs

Unread post by RayK » Mon May 08, 2017 2:26 pm

Great news! Anti-poaching units need all the help they can get. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Media Release: Bullet proof vests for Addo's Ranger dogs

Unread post by manicwalker » Tue May 09, 2017 2:14 am

:dance: :clap:
This is great news...
Thanks to all for the contributions... all really needed. :clap:
Hope all the Rangers and Banshee and Bandit remain safe at all times :pray: :pray:
and Thanks to all those who do their untmost to protect our wildlife :gflower:

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Re: Media Release: Bullet proof vests for Addo's Ranger dogs

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue May 09, 2017 4:27 am

What a fabulous donation. :D

Many thanks for thinking of our loyal canines. It is heart warming to know that people really care about our creatures in the line of duty.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Re: Media Release: Bullet proof vests for Addo's Ranger dogs

Unread post by Mischief » Tue May 09, 2017 6:59 am

Sincere thanks to the generous donors! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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