Whether you knew about it or not, Monday marked World Land Rover Day.   

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To celebrate the occasion, Land Rover saw fit to bring us an update on the development of the next-generation Land Rover Defender.

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Land Rover has a special task for its blocky ute.    

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The automaker will partner with Tusk Trust to put the prototype to use at the Borana Conservancy, a rhino sanctuary in Nigeria.     

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On this 35,000-acre reserve, the Defender will be put to work, carrying supplies, fording rivers and towing whatever it needs to.    

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Land Rover announced this week that its fleet of prototype Defenders has driven 1.2 million kilometers (about 745,000 miles) over the course of its development testing.     

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It's been to the desert, it's been to the Arctic and it's been up in the thin mountain air as Land Rover's engineers prepare the Defender for its debut.   

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The Defender is believed to debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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All we know for now is that it looks very, very promising.

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out more pictures of the new Land Rover Defender.

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