• Flying for Wildlife
  • Helping to protect and
    preserve Africa's wildlife

WHAT WE DO

The poaching pressure on large mammal populations in Zimbabwe has reached an all-time high. In some areas, such as Sebungwe bordering Matusadona National Park, the elephant population has been reduced by up to 75%.

 

The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) is mandated to protect wildlife in national parks, safari areas and communal lands covering over 11 million acres. The majority of these areas are remote and virtually inaccessible. The Flying For Wildlife Trust provides aerial assistance and support to ZPWMA and other stakeholders in their anti-poaching and conservation efforts.

 

Experienced pilots with Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) and light aircraft have volunteered to work with Flying For Wildlife to assist National Parks in monitoring wildlife and the environment. The Trust works with appropriate organisations engaged in conservation and anti-poaching.

CONSERVATION AREAS

Destructive activities are continually increasing with catastrophic levels of poaching, particularly of

elephant and rhino, along with activities such as mining, fish poaching and illegal agricultural encroachment.

PATROLS

Below are a few samples of  a typical flight patrol

Intelligence lead patrols

Boundary patrols

Survey and general transects

Survey and general transects

ABOUT US

In August 2015 a group of Zimbabwean ultralight pilots flew more than 15 flights spanning a 3 day period as pre-game count familiarization flights over the Matusadona National Park at the request of Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe (WEZ).

 

This exercise proved to be the proof of concept and spawning ground for the formation of the Flying For Wildlife Trust. Consequently a non-commercial trust was born in the latter part of 2015 out of concern for the plight of Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage with particular emphasis on elephant and rhino.

 

The main objective of the trust is to provide Zimbabwe National Parks Wildlife Management Authority and other stakeholders with regular aerial surveillance and monitoring over wildlife areas and national parks at no cost.

 

In the short few months since inception Flying For Wildlife pilots have already flown National Parks officers, researchers and anti-poaching units over various areas in the Zambezi Valley.

 

The activities of the Trust are extremely valuable to conservation efforts and are made possible by kind donations of fuel, accommodation and logistics from all those involved and, of course, the good will of the pilots and aircraft owners.

 

The Trust currently utilizes privately owned ultralight aircraft. Considering the tremendous conservation benefits of having eyes in the sky, the trust aims to acquire 3 Savannah ultralights to be used for wildlife and environmental conservation efforts.

 

The Trust’s activities are non-commercial and non-profit and the operations of the Trust are reliant on donations and good will of the pilots and aircraft owners.

MEET THE TEAM

Some of our dedicated volunteer pilots.

RICHARD TENNANT

“The moral imperative on us to help conserve wildlife in whatever way able, is immediate and without question”

 

Richard lives in Zimbabwe and has been married to Sharon for 17 years and has two daughters.

HANNES SCHOLTZ

Hannes lives in Zimbabwe with his wife Justine and his two boys.

 

He has a passion for flying and loves the bush. Mana Pools is his most favorite place in the world.

RICHARD THORNYCROFT

A passion for flying, 35 years farming, conservation education, holidays and fishing trips along the Zambezi river, working and visiting other African countries lead Richard to Flying For Wildlife where he could continue to pursue his lifelong interests through the protection of Zimbabwe's wildlife heritage.

RECENT

NEWS

25th July 2016

FFW flew a representative of MAPP to a high-level anti-poaching meeting at Tashinga and took the opportunits to fly patrols with ZPWMA.  The Matusadonna floodplain was extensively with particualar attention dedicated to the sites of recent contacts with poachers and known poaching incursion points.

 

15th July 2016

Patrols were flown in the morning and afternoon over the Matusadonna and Gache-Gache areas.  The Ume and Sanyati rivers were flown to investigate intelligence on fish poaching and the areas where shots had been heard within the last 24hrs was flown on a tight grid pattern.  The base of the escarpment along with the escarpment itself was flown with particualr attention being paid to suspected poacher routes.   The site of a recent poaching incident was flown with no new carcases seen.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!

CONTACT US

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

Contact us for more information on how we can help save Zimbabwe's wildlife and environment.

TRUST REGULATORY INFORMATION

Registered Offices

38 Cumberland Road

Eastlea

Harare

Zimbabwe

 

Accountants

Mikatem Financial Services

No. 12 Birchenough Road

Alex park

Harare

Zimbabwe

 

Commercial Bankers

CABS

Platinum Services

Harare

Zimbabwe

Notarial Deed Of Trust Registration number  -  1465/2015

 

High Court Trust Registration Number - MAS 92/193

 

 

Aviation Regulators Status

The activities of the trust fall within the regulatory operations of the Zimbabwe Recreation Aviation Association as mandated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe.

 

Flight Plan Clearances

All flights requiring Air Traffic Navigation Services are covered by a CAAZ approved flight plan filed in advance

 

National Parks Permission

All flights within air-space falling under the ZPWMA authority are undertaken within pre-approved permission issued from the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

 

Ministry of Defence

All flights adjacent to international borders are undertaken within specific clearance granted by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Defence.

 

 

 

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CONSERVATION PARTNERS

The Flying For Wildlife Trust is grateful for the tremendous support received from members of the public, both local and international. We are also grateful for the opportunity to work with and be supported by the following organizations.

DESIGNED BY WAYNE SCHOLTZ DESIGNS

 

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