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Jimny Joins Vitara Allgrip in the Unforgiving Kalahari

Suzuki Auto South Africa has extended its partnership with the Kalahari Endangered Ecosystem Project (KEEP) with the donation of a Suzuki Jimny for use on the reserve.

The company has also announced the permanent donation of the two Suzuki Vitara Allgrip models previously loaned to researchers at KEEP.

The Jimny will allow the many researchers to reach parts of the incredibly vast Kalahari that would only be accessible with an off-road vehicle with low range capabilities.

“The Kalahari is an unforgiving place, with some of the hottest and coldest temperatures on record in South Africa. We decided to add the Jimny to KEEP’s fleet of Vitara Allgrip models as it will comfortably operate in these extremes, while allowing researchers to reach areas previously completely out of reach,” says Brendon Carpenter, Brand Marketing Manager for Suzuki Auto South Africa.

The Jimny has already started service on the sandy dunes and rocky outcrops of the Kalahari.

While primarily tasked with transporting scientists to the distant reaches of the reserve, KEEP’s Jimny will also be loaded with sensitive tracking and other scientific equipment. This will help the scientists to study the movement of animals such as the pangolin as it covers great distances in search of food.

KEEP, still only two years old, is an innovative research project headed by Professors Andrea Fuller and Graham Alexander from the University of the Witwatersrand. It is project-managed by Dr Wendy Panaino and supported by the Tswalu Foundation and Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation.

The project brings together researchers in fields as diverse as botany, zoology, veterinary science, ecology and physiology to not only study specific species and their adaptation to climate change but also their wider ecology and food webs.

This ground-breaking approach allows scientists to better understand how species will respond to the extreme conditions brought upon by climate change. The research and multiple datasets collected by KEEP are shared with other researchers across the world to help them better understand changes in their own ecological systems and the very intricate interaction between different species and their environments.

“For example,” explains Dr Panaino, “hotter and drier conditions will reduce grass growth, which will have an impact on the termites that depend on grass for survival, and in turn the animals that eat termites, such as sociable weavers and aardvarks.”

Says Carpenter: “We chose KEEP for the incredibly important work that they do and for the way they embody our values of teamwork for the greater good. We trust that the Jimny, and the Vitara Allgrip models that they now own, will support their important research into climate change in South Africa and their massive contribution to this field for the global scientific community.”

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