The Bateleurs came into being in 1998 as a result of a flight over the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park by South African conservationist, Nora Kreher. Nora was inspired by seeing the added benefits which an aerial perspective can bring to any stakeholder charged with making critical environmental decisions. Gathering together her many pilot contacts, Nora founded The Bateleurs in order to fly missions for conservation and the environment. Today the organisation comprises approximately 130 volunteer pilot members, each with their own light aircraft, all of whom are dedicated to preserving the environment. This is achieved by flying missions at the request of a broad range of beneficiary organisations or individuals who need an aerial perspective of the issue they are assessing or addressing.
Our volunteer pilots donate their own aircraft and time to fly these missions, thereby contributing 70% of the organisation’s operational costs. In recent years. The Bateleurs has flown between 50 and 75 missions per year, and by the end of 2008 The Bateleurs had flown for 112 different beneficiary agencies.
A dedicated Board of Directors, also all volunteers, manages the operations of the organisation which are co-ordinated by one full-time staff member.
The Bateleurs is incorporated under Section 21, Registration No. 98/1783/08 and enjoys the status of a Public Benefit Organisation, Reference No. PBO 930009099. All donations to The Bateleurs can be treated as a tax deductible expense.