2013 Missions

Zululand Anti-Poaching Patrols

Objective of the flight:

To provide a visible policing presence whilst conducting anti-poaching patrols of the nine game farms making up the ZWSI.

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Leopard tracking in the Swartberg

Objective of the flight:

The tracking and downloading of GPS data collared leopards in the eastern part of Swartberg between De Rust and Willowmore in the Eastern Cape. This information will contribute to our understanding of leopard population densities and identify suitable habitat corridors which could be linking potentially isolated populations.

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Mooi River fuel spill

Objective of the flight:

The objective of the mission was to gather photographic evidence of unlawful activities that have been undertaken on a farm in the Mooi River area. These unlawful activities resulted in a substantial fuel spill into a wetland area when the Multi-Products Pipeline was ruptured by the landowner.

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Donkey survey in Northern Namaqualand

Objective of the flight:

To inform Conservation South Africa (CSA) of the population numbers, density, and location of feral and domestic donkeys and horses on the 208339.66 ha Succulent Karoo section of Steinkopf.

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Aquatic weed infestation uMngeni and Duzi Rivers

The aim was to do an aerial survey to establish the status of the aquatic weed growth (water hyacinth and water lettuce) along the Duzi and uMngenie Rivers from Pietermaritzburg down to Durban.

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