What is the Wildlife and Transport Programme’s “Going the Extra Mile”?
Since 2011, the Wildlife & Transport Programme (WTP) has been working closely with a number of volunteers and stakeholders. As word of our project spreads, more and more volunteers are offering to collect data on our behalf. These data enable us to identify areas of concern, where most roadkill is occurring, and mitigation is most needed.
The WTP has also established relationships with a number of stakeholders, such as Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAP), governmental bodies, academic institutions, developers, as well as forming partnerships with business and industry. These partnerships are integral to the promotion and development of our programme, and input is now being made into the design and maintenance of roads and development of future projects, all of which will lessen the impact of roads on South African fauna and flora.
We would therefore like to acknowledge and thank our supporters though awarding “Going the Extra Mile”. These awards are to recognise the valuable contributions that these deserving individuals have made towards our programme and helping us achieving our goals.
We would like to award “Going the Extra Mile” to Vivian Jonker for his volunteer work with our programme. “VJ”, as he is known to his friends, resides in Gauteng, and has been volunteering for our programme since 2012. He started documenting roadkill on a road he travels regularly after hearing about the project on the Jenny Crys Williams Radio Show on 702. VJ regularly sends us reports of his roadkill findings on the N14, on the westwards section of JHB. As a result we are managing to move closer to identifying some interesting patterns of roadkill occurrence.
VJ’s conservation passion goes further, as he is a keen birder. He has maintained avid records of a breeding pair of Dikkops in his garden, and monitors the rearing of the chicks, informing us of their progress. As a member of the Bushveld Conservation Bureau (BCB), he is also actively involved with assisting local landowners with problem animals, seeking alternate measures to poisoning. It is through interacting with landowners in his role with BCB that VJ regularly drives a route on the N14, and therefore is a valuable asset to our team of roadkill data collectors.
Well done VJ ….. and keep up the great work!