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Savannah - playing an important role in Conservation

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The Flying For Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe provides close aerial support to the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in their anti-poaching and conservation mandate. 

A dedicated and passionate group of volunteer pilots have chosen the Savannah S to carry out low level National Parks border surveillance which often requires slow flight, tight turns and landing and takeoffs from short airstrips. The trust initially used 2 private Savannahs before acquiring Z-RIO a Savannah built and delivered to the flying trust by Savannah Africa in June 2017. The aircraft has since flown a total of 300 hours up to end of October 2018. 

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The College is actively involved in providing aerial support, monitoring the area in which it operates, training its students in ground-to- air patrols and in training bush pilots. The College has acquired two Savannahs - ZU-KAH was built by Savannah Africa in 2016 and ZU-WLC built and delivered in 2017. This aircraft has proved to be very useful and capable in its anti-poaching role, especially being able to respond to incursions and contacts in a much quicker response time, as well as being able to fly at very slow speeds when required to do so. The aerial wing’s area of operation has grown considerably over the past year, incorporating an area of roughly 500 000 hectares in total. The aircraft have been invaluable in this role especially in their ”suppression” and “disruptive” deployments which often stop poachers from continuing with poaching operations and undoubtedly save a rhino from an uncertain and savage death.


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The foundation operates four Savannah aircraft - ZU-IGU, ZU-ULG and ZU-ULF were delivered to Mozambique for use by the country’s National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC). The aircraft operate in the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area where PPF has entered into a agreement with Mozambique’s Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development (MITADER) to co-manage the reserve with ANAC.

ZU-INB will be used for similar activities in Zinave National Park in Malawi that forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area and is co-managed by PPF and ANAC.

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Richard Tennant, Hannes Scholtz, Richie Calder and Richard Thornycroft are a few of the dedicated pilots Flying for Wildlife in Savannah Z-RIO.

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Pilot Bruce Mac Donald flying ZU-WLC was recently honoured as a supporter of Rhino conservation. Bruce flies ant-poaching patrols on a daily basis covering  the central Kruger National Park. 

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African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation managing some 15 National Parks in 9 countries covering 10.5 million hectares. 

Africa Parks currently operates Savannah ZU-IAT for anti-poaching operations in the Central Africa Republic's Chinko National Park and will take delivery of a second Savannah for the park in October 2018. 

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