On World Rhino Day 2016, Travel Corporation and the TreadRight Foundation launched a video featuring leading environmentalist, adventurer and explorer, Céline Cousteau sitting down with Angus Tanner, senior manager conservation, Wilderness Foundation Africa.
Cousteau has spent her life exploring the planet and helping to amplify the voices of the amazing individuals working to protect ecosystems, wildlife, and people. As TreadRight Ambassador, she’s helping the foundation tell the heartening stories from partners and projects around the world.
The TreadRight Wildlife Initiative supported the Wilderness Foundation Africa by with the purchase of a bat hawk aircraft dedicated to help with rhino anti-poaching operations, as well as supporting general wildlife crime countermeasures.
“The bat hawk is one of the fantastic arrow’s in our quiver, not only in the monitoring of the species, but also as a deterrent and active apprehension tool,” Tanner explains to Cousteau in the video. “Without TreadRight’s support so far, we wouldn’t have taken the steps we have.”
“It was quite moving to sit down with Angus and gain a better understanding of how hard the Wilderness Foundation is working to save rhinos from extinction. It’s truly a non-stop battle that requires constant vigilance and complete dedication in the face of this threat of unprecedented proportions,” says Cousteau. “In filming the video, one of the things I really wanted to discover for myself was whether or not the people on the front line believe this is a battle that they can win. I got my answer.”