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Nissan Patrol comes to rhinos’ rescue in South Africa

PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK, South Africa – The South African black and white rhino population needs all the help it can get against the threat of wildlife poaching. Aware of the plight of these endangered species, Nissan South Africa has donated a Nissan Patrol 4x4 to the Pilansberg National Park's rhino protection unit to help monitor large areas of the 550km² park.

The vehicle sponsorship comes after Nissan SA's recent sponsorship of the ear notching of two white rhino in the Pilansberg National Park.

Nissan SA executives attended the notching event, which involves the capture, marking and collection of a DNA sample from the rhino to assist in its tracking, monitoring and identification. The Nissan representatives were so impressed that the company opted to go a step further to help on-going anti-poaching efforts to protect these animals.

"Our involvement with the protection of one of South Africa's most amazing wildlife species speaks to our global environmental philosophy — a symbiosis of people, vehicles and nature," said Jim Dando, Nissan SA's director of sales and operations for Sub-Saharan Africa. "We trust that the Nissan Patrol's tough off-road capability will help the protection officers combat the scourge of poaching in the Pilanesberg National Park and play a role in saving these majestic animals."

Accepting the vehicle, Pilanesberg National Park's manager Johnson Maoka said that manpower and mobility were two key elements in the rhino protection initiative.

"Because of the Park's vast tracts of rugged terrain, we are delighted to take ownership of the powerful Nissan Patrol to access as many areas as possible on our rhino monitoring routines," said Maoka. "The Nissan Patrol's size, power and commanding visual presence – features of the very species it will play a role in protecting – will motivate our anti-poaching unit and send a strong message to poachers that we will not give up on efforts to stop them."

The Nissan Patrol forms part of a fleet of vehicles in the rhino protection initiative. Apart from vehicle patrols, the armed and camouflaged rhino protection team also uses specially trained dogs in its K9 unit to assist in detection and tracking exercises.

While rhino preservation efforts are paying off at Pilanesberg National Park, the poaching threat is ever-present.

"We haven't lost a rhino since February 2016, but this doesn't mean we can afford to drop our guard," says Maoka. "Monitoring remains a round-the-clock activity."

About Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.19 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500, and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since March 1999.

About Nissan in South Africa
Nissan South Africa is the operational hub for Regional Business Unit South, serving Nissan's key South Africa market and 45 other countries in Sub Saharan Africa, including Angola, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria as well as the key Southern African markets of Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. In South Africa, the company offers a range of 24 vehicles under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands, including the popular locally produced Nissan light commercial vehicles - the NP200 half ton pickup and NP300 one-ton Hardbody – produced at the company's Rosslyn plant, north west of Pretoria. Nissan made history locally in 2013 with the introduction of Africa's first electric vehicle, Nissan's flagship Nissan LEAF. As well as boasting zero emissions leadership, Nissan is also a leader in the crossover segment. Among its product offerings are the Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail, as well as Juke. The Datsun brand has re-established Nissan in the entry-level market where the tailor-made Datsun GO is breaking new ground in the 'riser' market segment. Infiniti continues to make a mark in the luxury segment. Nissan is one of the top five automotive companies in South Africamore information visit our website at Nissan.co.

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