Volkswagen South Africa supports the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. The DICT has been established for the conservation of the natural marine environment, the care and protection of the Marine Big 5, and the conducting of educational programs relating to environmental awareness.
Close to the southern tip of Africa, the greater Dyer Island area and the surrounding ocean is a critically important eco-system.
The 20ha Dyer Island - managed by CapeNature - is home to breeding colonies of the endangered African Penguin, Cape Cormorant and Roseate Tern, as well as other seabirds. Its importance is recognised by Birdlife International and classified an Important Bird Area.
About 60 000 Cape Fur Seals are resident on Geyser Rock opposite the island and they attract the densest population of Great White Sharks in the world.
The many sheltered areas of the bay provide the breeding ground for the Southern Right Whales that migrate here from the sub-Antarctic islands between June to December each year. The area is also visited by Bryde’s and Humpback Whales as well as various dolphin species.
The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has since 2006 been instrumental in the conservation of the area. This registered non-profit organisation aims to:
- Discover and understand this globally important marine eco-system through world-class scientific research
- Protect the long-term future of the species which live here, by translating this knowledge into evidence-based conservation initiatives and legislation
- Educate our partners – local communities, legislators and visitors – by informing and actively involving them in achieving our goals for the benefit of all