“BirdLife South Africa is excited to have recently received fantastic support from Toyota International and Toyota SA through the donation of two brand new vehicles for the organisation,” was the opening comment on the BirdLife South Africa Facebook page, posted with the video above.
The Hilux, which was the first of the two vehicles supplied to BirdLife, forms part of a five-year global partnership established between Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan) and BirdLife International, which was initiated in 2016 to facilitate conservation work for threatened species.
Toyota Motor Corporation has committed to donate ten vehicles to BirdLife partners globally over a five-year period. The first two vehicles were supplied to Pronatura Sur (a Mexican organisation involved in flora, fauna, and priority ecosystem conservation), and to BirdLife South Africa in 2016.
To supplement the global Toyota-BirdLife association, Toyota South Africa has formed a relationship with BirdLife South Africa and has sponsored a second vehicle, the Prius Hybrid.