2013 Missions

Red-Billed Oxpeckers from Kruger National Park to KwaZulu-Natal

Objective of the flight:

The objective of the flight was to relocate Red-billed Oxpeckers from Skukuza in the Kruger National Park to a game farm in High Flats in KwaZulu-Natal. The Operation Oxpecker project was requested to catch Red-billed Oxpeckers at the Skukuza bomas, as they were irritating the wounds of some of the animals housed there.

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Wild Dogs from Thanda to Tswalu

Objective of the flight:

The objective of the flight was to relocate a pack of 12 African Wild Dogs from Thanda Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in the Northern Cape Province. This contributed to the collaborative managed metapopulation initiative coordinated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

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Wattled Cranes annual nest site survey

Objective of the flight:

With only 240 individuals left in South Africa, the Wattled Crane is in eminent danger of local extinction. The Wattled Crane Recovery Programme is a conservation initiative made up of five partner organisations and the EWT is responsible for collecting abandoned eggs from the wild where the chicks are then raised in captivity for the eventual aim of reintroduction into suitable habitats. The objective of the flight is to locate Wattled Crane nests where there are two eggs in order to facilitate the collection of the eggs by EWT fieldworkers. 

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Hippo count iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Objective of the flight:

The objective of the flight was to fly over the St. Lucia Estuary and Lake System within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, photographing, counting and recording the GPS position of all hippopotamus groups or lone individuals observed to determine the total minimum number of hippos in the system.

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Sand mining along the Umgeni and Umlazi Rivers

Objective of the flight:

To identify sand mining sites along the uMgeni and uMlazi Rivers and to determine the associated impacts in terms of water quality and vegetation loss.

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