We are operating in the Republic of Chad, providing aerial support to help protect and restore wildlife. Since 2018, our aircraft has flown over 1,500 hours of conservation missions, covering a distance of more than 150,000 kilometers.
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 four national parks and seven wildlife reserves.
Why Aerial Support ?
The use of light aircraft is a cost and time effective way to cover long distances in 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.
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 on the ecosystem and wildlife populations to help support management actions for wildlife areas and develop scientific research.
How much does it cost ?
In 2023, we aim to fly 300 hours of conservation missions. Our annual budget is 185,000 euros, including:
120,000 euros to cover all costs associated with the operation of the aircraft, including aircraft fuel, maintenance, field expenses, etc. Each flight hour costs 400 euros.
60,000 euros to purchase a new engine for our aircraft (including shipping and installation).
5,000 euros to cover administrative expenses.