In Loving Memory of Captain Bernard Michael Shayo

The world of conservation and aviation mourns the loss of a true champion today. Captain Bernard Michael Shayo, a passionate and dedicated conservation pilot, who tragically lost his life in a plane crash on May 18, 2023.

06/07/2023, FZS

At the age of 61, Captain Shayo leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of tireless efforts to protect our natural world and a profound impact on the conservation community.

Born on 29 September 1961, Captain Shayo developed an unwavering love for both flying and the environment. Combining these passions, he became an ardent advocate for the conservation of wildlife, fragile ecosystems, and the delicate balance of our planet. His commitment to aerial conservation efforts made him a revered figure among his peers.

Throughout his remarkable career, Captain Shayo fearlessly piloted aircrafts to remote regions, conducting essential aerial surveys, wildlife tracking, and research missions. He possessed an unparalleled understanding of the environment from above, utilising his skills to gather crucial data that contributed to wildlife management, habitat preservation, and environmental decisionmaking.

The tragic plane crash that claimed Captain Shayo’s life has left a void in the conservation and aviation communities that will be deeply felt. His loss is mourned not only by his wife, but his children and other family members. Captain Shayo’s life is also mourned by the countless individuals whose lives he touched through his work.

As we bid farewell to Captain Bernard Michael Shayo let us remember the extraordinary impact he made in the realm of conservation. May his unwavering spirit and love for the natural world continue to inspire us all. Though he may no longer soar the skies, his legacy will forever fly high in our hearts and minds.


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