All creatures  – we fly them!

All creatures – we fly them!

All creatures big and small, young and old, land and water – we fly them!

Two orphaned African clawless otter cubs, also known as Cape clawless otters, were flown to Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital in two separate flights.

Pilot Raymond Steyn collected Oscar from the Grahamstown area, flight duration a mammoth 7.7 hours, and pilot Anton Millar collected Otto from East London, flight duration 6 hours. Thank you to both.

The rehabilitation of otters is complex and requires the expertise of an otter specialist. Nicci Wright is a wildlife rehabilitation specialist and Oscar and Otto are in her capable hands.

Update Gorongosa Wild Dogs: Why do we do what we do?

Update Gorongosa Wild Dogs: Why do we do what we do?

Not only do we fly for conservation and the environment but the impact of our flights is of the utmost importance. Thus the rewarding sight of the 15 Wild Dogs flown to Gorongosa National Park being released, is what makes us tick.

15 Wild Dogs (9 males and 6 females) are now wild and free and beginning a new life in Gorongosa. Save, Matenga (better known as “Butter”), Mutiabamba, Nhambita, Munganganha, Khanda, Bue-Maria, Duke, Pungue, Mbulaua, Deke, Nhmanguena, Nhamacahto, Nhamapaza, and Vunduzi, may you thrive in your beautiful new home!

Thank you to our extraordinary pilots

Thank you to our extraordinary pilots

“Success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination”.

It was a special moment for me when I had the opportunity to thank some of our extraordinary pilots, not just on behalf of the Bateleurs but also on behalf of Wildlifevets SA.

Thank you Joel Alves for your heartfelt messages and GoPro footage that depicted the highlights of many missions flown by our pilots. Jaco Scheepers, Andrè Swart, Menno Parsons and Ricky Talevi, we salute you for your dedication. Thank you for flying for our wildlife.

A sad, last farewell was bid to NSM, Martin den Dunnen’s aircraft, that was sacrificed for the cause.

Officially, lions have flown across every province in the country with NSM, a feat yet to be matched. Thank you Martin, one cannot contemplate a bigger give up for conservation than that. I am proud to call all of you my friends and I am looking forward to many more missions with you.

Second relocation of Wild Dogs to Gorongosa

Second relocation of Wild Dogs to Gorongosa

Following the successful translocation of a pack of Wild Dogs to Gorongosa National Park during 2018 and 28 pups later, the team is doing it again.

Pilots Raymond Steyn and Tim Webster (Pilatus PC-12 Centre Southern Africa) are on their way to Khamab with Cole Du Plessis from the Endangered Wildlife Trust. The dogs will be darted first light tomorrow morning, Thursday 31 October, and loaded into a Cessna Caravan for their long journey. All the best to the entire team! We hope to see some more of these gorgeous pups in Gorongosa.

Wild Dogs loaded and ready for their journey from the Kalahari to Gorongosa National Park. Flying in style in a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan.

Up and away! A precious cargo of Wild Dogs on their way to Gorongosa National Park. Once again, a spectacular takeoff by Bateleurs pilot Raymond Steyn.

The Wild Dogs all awake and enjoying an easy meal.

Simba, saved from a life of torment

Simba, saved from a life of torment

Simba, the quintessence of King Mufasa with his majestic head and mane, was the recipient of ruthless human greed for the first 11 years of his life.

Simba was bred in captivity on a lion farm and became a target for international trophy hunters when he reached his physical prime. His stately size and striking mane formulated the perfect trophy to adorn a wealthy hunter’s lavish home. Simba underwent tremendous trauma at the hands of his breeders who chased and tormented him with a vehicle to make him more aggressive for the hunt.

He was also green hunted by a wealthy client who paid thousands of pounds to shoot the big cat with a tranquiliser dart so that he could get his trophy “shot”. Fortunately, Simba was rescued with days to spare before he was due to be can-hunted.

We had the privilege of flying Simba from his temporary home to his forever home. Thank you Bateleurs pilot Riccardo Talevi

Is’khathi sifikile [The time has come]
Is’khathi sifikile
Busa Simba [Rule, Simba]
Busa Simba

Two penguins and a fur seal

Two penguins and a fur seal

Thank you Bateleurs pilot Donavan Bailey for flying two penguins, Groot and Indigo, to Port Elizabeth and for providing Napa, a Fur Seal, with a return flight to Durban. From uShaka Marine World to Bayworld Oceanarium PE.