In celebration of World Ranger Day, 31 July, Total South Africa donated 100 solar lamps to game rangers at the Addo Elephant National Park to equip the team with better lighting to improve their safety and security during night patrolling.
The handover took place during the World Ranger Day celebration aimed at commemorating and honouring rangers (the living and those who have passed on) for the work they do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage. The event was hosted in partnership with South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Department of Environmental Affairs at Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape province. “Rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect both our natural heritage and wildlife from poachers or any threats that could endanger it. This day offers a chance to support their vital work, which varies from environmental campaigning, ecology management, to education,” said Reina Cullinan, corporate communications and marketing manager for Total South Africa.
The solar lamps will provide lighting to park rangers, who usually operate in remote areas, to improve their safety and consequently the security of animals in the park. Addo Elephant Park is the third largest national park, home to over 500 elephants which form part of endangered animals due to the growing poaching incidents in Africa. Recently released statics by the Department of Environmental Affairs indicated that there were 68 cases of poaching in 2017.
As a supporter of environmental sustainability and preservation of natural resources, Total South Africa has set a mandate to solarize all their service stations by 2021. To date, they have successfully solarized 40 service stations. The company is currently in partnership with SANParks as fuel provider to all 19 SANParks in the country. “As beneficiaries to nature’s resources, we need to actively work towards and invest in the preservation of the environment and the wildlife we have in South Africa and we need to honour the teams and individuals such as rangers who work towards this goal,” explained Cullinan.
On World Ranger Day, the Addo Elephant Park’s team will also commence with elephant relocation from the main park to the northern part, Darlington, which has recently been fenced. The relocation forms part of the preservation of the ecosystem strategy to ease the burden on the environment in the main park – visible if one looks at how the natural habitat is being impacted upon by the large numbers of animals in the area. In the past few months, a number of other species have also been introduced to Darlington including lion, eland and leopard. – Press release