British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue

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2007-08-08 16:34:03

4 millionth Land Rover donated to the Born Free Foundation is 'on the move'

Joanna Lumley accepted the 4 millionth vehicle, a Discovery 3, on behalf of the international wildlife and conservation charity, the Born Free Foundation in July and now, it is ready to take up its role as the ’Rapid Response Rescue’ vehicle.

On Wednesday, 8 August, the keys to the 'Rapid Response Rescue' vehicle will be handed over to Born Free’s partner, British Divers Marine Life Rescue for deployment across the UK and Europe. Will Travers, Born Free’s Chief Executive, notes: "This important vehicle will enable us and BDMLR to carry out important frontline conservation and animal welfare missions at will. Without Land Rover's support we simply would not be able to reach some of the off-road remote destinations or tackle some of the rescues that are a vital part of our work.”

Born Free has been one of Land Rover's Global Sponsorship Partners since 2002. The sponsorship includes financial and vehicle support in the UK, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sri Lanka. In 2006 Land Rover’s support contributed to the rescue and relocation of three lions from a circus in France to Shamwari in South Africa. This summer the 'Rapid Response Rescue' vehicle will help in the treatment and release of stranded or abandoned marine mammals, especially Common and Grey seals, who frequently get into trouble along Britain’s shores during the breeding season.

Alan Knight, Chairman of BDMLR will accept the vehicle and take it to Uckfield where it will be further prepared for its journey to Cornwall. Several major threats to the seal pups include being separated from their mothers too early sometimes through being disturbed by the public. The possible malnutrition they then face can threaten their long term survival.