Since April 2018
Our aircraft has flown over 600 hours of surveillance missions, covering a distance beyond 85,000 kilometers.
We are operating in the Republic of Chad, providing aerial support to help protect and restore wildlife.
Why does wildlife need protection ?
African wildlife has been in decline for several decades. Populations of elephants, giraffes, lions, and many other wild animals have decreased significantly, with several species and subspecies becoming locally extinct. The main threats to wildlife are poaching, the bush meat trade and habitat loss and fragmentation.
Why the wildlife in Chad ?
The Republic of Chad is a country in Central Africa. Chad is amongst the richest countries in terms of biodiversity in Sudano-Sahelian Africa, with some of the last remaining populations of large mammals that once roamed West-Central Africa.
Chad's protected area system is made up of three national parks and seven wildlife reserves.
Why Aerial Support ?
The use of aircraft is a cost and time effective way to cover vast landscapes, especially where there are no roads or ground access is limited, which is very common in wildlife areas. The bird’s-eye view that is possible from aircraft offer excellent visibility over the terrain and provide a longer line of sight and a wider area of observation than on the ground. In 2021, we aim to fly 250 hours of conservation missions.
How do we work ?
- We carry out surveillance flights to detect poachers, illegal camps, illegal cattle grazing, and other illicit activities in order to direct the deployment of ranger teams on the ground.
- We gather data and information on the ecosystem such as water points and bush fires and on wildlife populations, ensuring photos are taken for accurate counts, and when possible age and sex determination, which allow for the close monitoring of population trends and help to adapt management plans for their habitats.
- We provide logistic support and resupply ground teams with food, medicine, water and we also perform medical evacuations during emergency situations.
The presence of the aircraft is a powerful deterrent on its own.
How much does it cost ?
Our annual budget for 2021 is 105,000 euros, including:
100,000 euros to cover all costs associated with the operation of the aircraft, including aircraft fuel, maintenance, field expenses, etc.
Each flying hour has a cost of 400 euros, which translates to 250 flight hours for the year.
5,000 euros to cover administrative expenses and marketing costs.
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