We are extremely grateful for the research assistance we have received from the Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre. Their non-profit centre is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of local South African wildlife. With the belief that every wild creature matters, their focus is on helping the animals heal as well as preparing them for their return to the wild where they belong. They are doing an incredible job and we look forward to their continuing assistance with our pangolin program.
We are privileged to have the ongoing support of our friends at the Council of Contributors. Kennedy Zakeer and her team have completed some fantastic projects this year, which make a real difference to the teams on the ground fighting this war against poaching. Funding frontline work is vital and their dedication to this goal is second-to-none.
Nutribyte Premium Pet Food, undisputedly the best K9 nutrition on the planet, have kept our K9s happily fed. The team at Nutribyte are massive supporters of the protection and preservation of South Africa’s endangered wildlife and we are forever in their favour. Their sister company Nutrimed Animal Health have also provided us with support this year with their exceptional range of animal health supplements.
Thanks Nutribyte! © Pit-Track
Our friends at Rogue Royalty in Australia have continued to provide us with their Supa Tuff range of K9 harnesses, which are perfect for our working dogs. Wendell Van Jour and his Rogue Royalty team were our first official sponsor and are still a big part of Pit-Track today. As always, we are honoured to be part of the “Rogue Royalty Familia” – thank you!
Balloo in his Rogue Royalty collar © Pit-Track
We received binoculars for our K9 teams from our friends at Saving The Survivors, which are a great help to our team in the field. Valemount Trading and Beeztees South Africa have again provided us with their Sumo toys, which are much loved by our K9s. M-Pets South Africa have also sponsored us with essential equipment for our K9s. Thanks to all of these organisations for your ongoing support and exceptional products, which are a huge benefit to our teams on the ground.
Duba’s going for the Sumo toy! © Pit-Track
Magnum Boots Africa have continued to provide us with their exceptional products. As Carl says when visiting Africa, “Take nothing but pictures… leave nothing but Magnum Boots Africa prints!”. Magnum not only supports us, but also Great Plains Conservation, where they help to keep boots on the ground protecting our beloved wildlife.
Thanks Magnum Boots Africa! © Pit-Track
The team at Hi-Tec South-Africa supplied us with more gear for our K9 handlers, which we always appreciate. Their gear is of the highest quality and their support is unconditional.
Thanks Hi-Tec! © Pit-Track
The amazing volunteers at Blankets for Baby Rhinos donated some woollen blankets for our cold winter. Our puppies particularly loved the warm blankets to snuggle on.
Zarafa on her blanket © Pit-Track
MSD Animal Health remained onboard with us, with Carl appearing on their “Emergence” podcast called “The One About Anti-Poaching” earlier in the year. During the podcast, Pit-Track’s work was discussed, along with our K9s, how Carl became involved in anti-poaching, the evolution of anti-poaching units, the poaching crisis and more.
Our friends at Emerald City Pet Rescue have again provided us with valuable funding towards our work, which can never be underestimated. Vivian Goldbloom and her team have been long-time supporters of us and are passionate about helping animals across the globe.
Our GSP Tracking Pack © Pit-Track
We offer the hugest of thanks to all of our incredible sponsors. “Your support for Pit-Track is second-to-none and allows us to carry on with our work and living our dream”, explains Carl. “We could not do this without you, from the funds we receive, to the equipment for our K9s and handlers, and everything in between. We are so grateful to have you on our team. You are proudly making a difference to our wildlife and we are forever in your debt.”
We also give an enormous thank you to all of our team members, including our Directors, Handlers and K9s, along with our Personal Assistant Suzette Mollentze, Australian Ambassador Miranda Paech, and Blog Content Writer Jane Alexander. Our team on the ground works tirelessly and often in difficult and trying conditions. Their passion and love for animals drives them to carry on this ongoing fight for our wildlife. We are so proud of their work and for having them on this journey with us. We are only as strong as our team, and we have an exceptional team, one that will never give up.
To all of our valuable members – thank you for your ongoing support, which gives us the chance to do what we love so much. We are honoured that you have continued to be a part of the Pit-Track family, and we couldn’t do this without you. We cannot express our gratitude enough for all that you do – from providing funding, to following us and sharing our posts on social media. Raising awareness about our work is just as important as funding it, and every little bit helps, whether it be financial or non-financial support.
“Project Ranger has been “a bright shining star in an otherwise silent dark war.”
We wish all of our Pit-Track family, team members, K9s, individual and corporate members, sponsors and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday season with your family and friends, and we wish you all the best for 2023.
As we come to the end of the year, we reflect upon what we have achieved this year. We have been through tough times, but those have made us stronger and more motivated than ever. We have achieved some incredible things, from building up our base camp from scratch, to beginning some critical new projects. There is still more to come – As we come to the end of the year, we reflect upon what we have achieved this year. We have been through tough times, but those have made us stronger and more motivated than ever. We have achieved some incredible things, from building up our base camp from scratch, to beginning some critical new projects. There is still more to come –2023 will see us embark on more new and exciting projects. Detection of contraband such as rhino horn, ivory, pangolin scales and lion bone will be high on the agenda, so watch this space! We are excited about the future and what lies ahead for our team. One thing is for sure, we will continue to do everything we can to protect our wildlife. It is our passion and our calling in life. Our animals need us and we need them. We won’t let them down.
Pit-Track Base Camp © Pit-Track
One Team. One Dream. Wildlife for the Future.