Rhino are darted from a helicopter and individually ear-notched for identification and research purposes, while a transmitter is fitted to the horn and implanted in the body of the animal. Our aircrafts play a valuable role in locating the animal and co-ordinating the exercises from above. Not only is the aerial support unit important in notching exercises, but it is often the difference between life and death for vulnerable rhino calves that have been orphaned in poaching incidents. Wandering and weak calves can be spotted on routine patrol flights and can subsequently be rescued thanks to this quick detection.
Our aerial support unit also offers advanced flight training to selected students who use aircrafts in conservation management or counter-poaching operations in their home countries. Adding an aerial component to anti-poaching activities is a game changer and the more trained pilots out there, the better. Our flight training courses include bush-flying techniques, short field techniques, and game count and counter-poaching aerial coverage training. Additionally, the hangar on campus is now the control centre and head office for all counter-poaching operations within the central Kruger region and Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR), that fall under the management of the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF).
Account name: SAWC Bathawk Project
Account number: 330928295
Account type: Standard Bank – Business current account
Branch name: Hoedspruit
Branch code: 052752