African conservation parks switch to Swedish electric motorcycles to combat wildlife poaching
Following a successful project together with the Southern African Wildlife College, a growing number of African parks now have their park rangers use silent, solar-powered Kalk AP electric motorcycles to combat poachers and curate wildlife.
Cake the Swedish maker of premium lightweight, electric motorcycles, today announced that it is expanding its presence on the African continent – a direct result of the ongoing Electric Bush Bike Anti-Poaching Project together with the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). Multiple parks and conservation societies have placed orders for the Kalk AP, a rugged electric motorcycle developed to stand up to the extremest of terrain, acknowledging the benefits that the solar-powered two-wheeler brings.
“The Kalk AP is a perfect demonstration of how electric motorcycles can replace and exceed the efficiency and usefulness of traditional fossil-fuelled vehicles. We are happy to see that more parks will benefit from our project and look forward to welcoming more African clients to the CAKE family”, commented Stefan Ytterborn, Founder and CEO of CAKE.
A game-changer in the wild
One of the commercial clients now using the Kalk AP is the Wildlife Conservation Alliance. Running conservation projects and sanctuaries covering hundreds of thousands of acres across the African continent, the WCA was one of the first groups to put the Kalk AP to the test.
“We are very impressed by the CAKE Kalk AP. It’s silent, meaning that it is effective for anti-poaching purposes, but also that we disturb these sensitive environments significantly less. We also see great savings in not having to transport fuel to remote areas, this is a game changer for our operations, comments Ivan Carter, Founder of The Wildlife Conservation Alliance.
A successful partnership
CAKE partnered with the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), a South Africa based training facility, in 2021. The electric off-road motorcycle Kalk AP is a direct result of the collaboration, a customized model, built to park ranger specifications, that is distributed by the SAWC across the continent, for use by rangers engaged in animal conservation and anti-poaching.
In sensitive ecosystems, the use of clean, silent electric vehicles disturb less than their loud, fossil counterparts – facilitating less invasive forms of patrolling, while increasing the chance of catching poachers off guard. Additionally, included Goal Zero power stations eliminates the need of costly fuel supply chains, with helicopters being used for hard to reach areas, and storage solutions in the wild.
To support the SAWC, CAKE also sells the Kalk AP to regular consumers, with 3% of the proceeds directly benefiting the anti-poaching project.
Learn more about the CAKE Anti-poaching initiative and how our motorbikes are being used for animal conservation on the African continent here.
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