2014 Missions

Unlawful development on the Wild Coast

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Objective of the flight:

The objective of this mission was an aerial survey of the coastal conservation area on the Wild Coast to collect data in order to assess the current status of unlawful development.

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Relocation of Red-billed Oxpeckers from Kruger National Park to Mokala National Park

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Objective of the flight: The aim of the flight was to relocate 32 Red-billed Oxpeckers from the Kruger National Park to Mokala National Park as part of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Operation Oxpecker project. This was the third and last relocation of birds to Mokala National Park to ensure that a sufficient number of birds to establish a founder population has been relocated.

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Aerial support for rhino crime scene investigations

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Objective of the flight:

To provide aerial support to the Environmental Crime Investigations Unit of SANParks in order to attend to rhino crime scenes.

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Tracking of Brown Hyaenas in the Soutpansberg

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Objective of the flight:

The objective of the mission was to locate four collared brown hyaenas in order to download GPS data for the purposes of studying brown hyaena ecology and relationships between brown hyaenas and humans.

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Leopard tracking in the Baviaanskloof

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Objective of the flight:

Two missions were flown for Landmark Foundation during 2014. The objective of the first mission was to track and download GPS data from a collared leopard in the Swartberg. Unfortunately this first mission yielded no results and the search was abandoned after three hours. The objective of the second mission was to track and download GPS data from two leopards in the Baviaanskloof area.

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