Avis roots for the birds
Avis Rent a Car is adding another feather to its conservation cap by sponsoring a car for BirdLife South Africa’s Regional Conservation Manager in Gauteng/North West, Ernst Retief, for a year.
“Birds frequently pass under the radar of our conservation awareness,” comments chief executive of Avis, Wayne Duvenage. “We tend to take birdlife for granted and subconsciously expect that they will always populate our skies and bushland, but the truth is that we are encroaching on their habitat in countless ways and many species, both resident and migratory, are already being threatened.”
Retief will be using Avis’ air-conditioned VW Polo hatchback for a wide range of his demanding activities, assessing Important Bird Areas in Gauteng and North West provinces, attending meetings and workshops with bird clubs, arranging bird monitoring outings, visiting Birder Friendly Accommodation Establishments and birding routes and travelling to schools to give talks to raise awareness of the importance of birds.
“Avis’ help is invaluable in helping me perform my work effectively,” comments Retief. “Extensive travel is an inescapable part of my daily life since many of the areas I visit tend to be quite remote from one another. Being able to depend on a reliable vehicle makes a significant difference in covering these demanding distances.”
Avis first started forging a route for its conservation journey some 40 years ago, and is consciously seeking out new opportunities to preserve the environment. These efforts have been recognised by business and industry through numerous awards including the top prize for the Corporate Services Category at the Climate Change Leadership Awards, commendation for our waste and water recycling in the Green Office Week Awards and runner-up status in the category of Water Care at the Mail & Guardian’s Greening the Future Awards.