The new Land Rover Defender has moved a step closer to production after successfully completing a demanding testing program with Tusk Trust in Kenya, in support of their lion conservation initiatives in Africa.
A prototype Defender fitted with an integrated raised air intake and wearing a unique camouflage, which was specially devised for the surroundings, supported operations at the 14,000-hectare Borana Conservancy, tracking radio collared lions and transporting supplies and provisions.
The unique test programme gave Tusk operatives a chance to put the new Defender through a series of real-world tests as wildlife managers waded through rivers, pulled heavily loaded trailers and negotiated challenging terrain. The prototype model was even used to help replace the inoperative tracking collar fitted to a male lion, which was sedated at close range from the security of the new Defender.
The Borana Conservancy is home to flat plains, deeply rutted tracks, steep rocky inclines, muddy river banks and thick forests, giving the new Defender a chance to showcase its breadth of capability.
Watch the new Defender on test: uk.media.landrover.com