Slice of Cake for park rangers: Kalk AP helps tackle elephant poachers
A super-light electric bike has been adapted to sneak up on poachers in Africa. Swedish firm Cake have built the 80kg Kalk AP (Anti-Poaching) to help rangers working to protect endangered wildlife.
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The project aims to help officials combat the devastating effects of poaching on the continent’s most precious species.
Staff at the Southern African Wildlife College have helped make the bike completely fit for purpose in high temperatures and often hostile environments. The bike can even be charged using solar power.
Cake founder and CEO Stefan Ytterborn said: "Solar power, new technology, and a new category of vehicles can help save endangered species in Africa.
"We are honoured to be able to work with our partners on this initiative and to contribute to developing the means to help curb wildlife poaching."
The bike isn’t just for use in Africa, you could buy one to ride around in the UK (or wherever you choose) and the company will supply a second ‘twin’ machine as part of a ‘buy-one-give-one’ charity initiative.
The second bike will then be delivered to an anti-poaching unit active in one of the 25 national parks where the Southern African Wildlife College manages anti-poaching teams.
And purchasing a Kalk AP also covers the donation of a solar panel and power station kit that enables the twin bike to operate in the African bush independent from the electric power grid.
All twinned bikes are linked up via the Cake connectivity platform, meaning that the donor customer can get updates on what is happening with the bike and how it is helping to combat wildlife crime.
A Kalk AP and the solar panel/solar kit will be around £20,000 with delivery starting in September.