Mobil lubricates anti rhino poaching efforts

10 November 2017 | Environment

Lubrication Specialists (LS), a local Exxon Mobil oil distributor, donated a full year's supply of lubricants to the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) for use in its field vehicles.

Garth Glen-Spyron and Jimmy Shanjengange from LS visited the trust's stall at the Erongo Expo in Walvis Bay and handed over the Mobil lubricants with an estimated value of N$50 000 to Simpson Uri-Khob, the CEO of SRT.

Uri-Khob said that the trust appreciates all the help it can get in the fight against rhino poaching. He pointed out that the number of rhino deaths at the hands of poachers had dropped significantly despite the horrific news reports of late.

“Two years ago we had 95 cases of rhinos being killed for their horns. Last year this figure dropped to about 60. This year to date we've had 27 rhino poaching incidents. This dramatic decrease in poaching has been due to the support from the private sector in supplying vehicles, donations and other equipment to improve our monitoring efforts.”

Uri-Khob also listed the support received from local communities and farmers, especially in the Erongo Region, a significant contributor in the fight to curb rhino poaching.

“They have played a major role in alerting us of possible poachers in the area and in some cases even scaring off these criminals. There are an estimated 2 000 rhinos left in Namibia and 96% of the world's black rhino population. We need to protect them at all costs, otherwise we will only have pictures to show our children one day.”

He called for more community and private sector involvement and said stiffer penalties and prison sentences are steps in the right direction.

Glen-Spyron explained that Exxon Mobil gave careful consideration to the type and grade of lubricants for use in heavy duty vehicles especially in rough terrain and harsh weather conditions.

“We did research to ensure that we provide the Rhino Trust with the correct and best suited lubricants for their vehicles and the environment. We opted for the Mobil Super 3000 and Mobil MX 15W40 products which are well suited for extreme heat, engines with high mileage and to improve fuel economy. This is a small way to help combat the poaching of rhinos. We remain committed to the environment, hence this donation and the drive to promote the use of cleaner synthetic lubricants over mineral based ones.”

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