Anti-Poaching Airwing - Providing a bird's eye view and enhancing wildlife conservation
Today, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier officially handed over two Husky aircrafts to Frankfurt Zoological Society. The aircrafts will take the joint approach by the German Government and FZS to tackle poaching in East Africa to a new level.
Arusha, 22 November 2015 - Tanzania and Zambia are home to some of the most important elephant and rhino populations on our planet, yet both countries are under severe threat from a massive upsurge in poaching. The German government, together with the Frankfurt Zoological Society, supports the Tanzanian and Zambian protected area authorities in combating poaching in remote wilderness areas through aerial support.
Aviation and conservation join forces
Appropriately equipped aircrafts can be used to survey large and remote areas, to detect threats, provide critical information to reaction forces on the ground, and carry out wildlife censuses and habitat monitoring. Therefore Germany has provided funding for the acquisition of three aircraft and surveillance technology.
Today, Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier handed over two of these light aircrafts to FZS pilot and project leader Mark Jenkins during an event at Arusha airport. Together with Serengeti Chief Park Warden William Mwakilema, Alan Kijazi, Director of Tanzania National Parks TANAPA, and Martin Loibooki, the Director of the newly established Tanzania Wildlife Authority TAWA, he received a symbolic key for two Husky aircraft. The third aircraft will go to Zambia in early 2016 and provide support to the Zambia Wildlife Authority ZAWA.
The Husky A-1C is an ideal plane for monitoring and anti-poaching surveys as it operates at low heights and slow speeds – similar to that of a helicopter – and has a proven long-term success rate for its use in finding poacher camps and recording GPS positions for follow-up actions by teams on the ground.
The Huskies will be used to monitor two of Tanzania’s elephant hotspots, Selous Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park, as well as Zambia’s largest elephant population and only black rhino population: North Luangwa National Park.
Improved collaboration, training and protection
As an NGO with a long track record both in conservation and aviation, FZS will operate the aircrafts to assist TANAPA, TAWA and ZAWA in performing anti-poaching surveillance and wildlife monitoring operations, in order to protect the integrity of the Selous, Serengeti and North Luangwa ecosystems.
FZS will be the implementing organisation of the new project, in collaboration with GIZ, KfW, Tanzania Wildlife Authority TAWA, Tanzania National Parks TANAPA, and the Zambia Wildlife Authority ZAWA.
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