Look who we spotted this weekend at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 show at the Waterkloof Airforce Base in Centurion. His name is Parabot, and he stands almost 10 metres tall! Parabot is a Transformer brought to life – to wildlife, to be exact. He is made from an armoured vehicle, and is a symbol of the fight against rhino poaching.
Today is World Rhino Day (22 September), and Parabot was made by Africa’s largest privately-owned defence and aerospace company, Paramount Group, to raise awareness of the efforts that the defence industry is playing in preserving our magnificent rhinos.
Behold, the Parabot! Kids will love him.
#Parabot – the stats
- Parabot’s concept and design is based on Paramount’s Group largest armoured vehicle, the Mbombe 6
- Weight:1 tonne
- Height: 9.7m
- Hours to build: 600 man hours
- Built by: CFX, a famous Film Effects and Fabrication Company based in Cape Town
- Mission: Raise awareness and protect Africa’s wildlife from poaching
According to the Department of Environmental Affairs:
- 769 rhinos have already been poached in 2014
- 227 arrests associated with rhino poachings have been made in 2014
- The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of rhino poaching in South Africa, having lost 489 rhinos so far this year.
- A total of 103 rhinos have been poached in Limpopo, 65 in KwaZulu-Natal, 47 in North West and 43 in Limpopo.
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