The Wilderness Foundation, through their Forever Wild Elephant Conservation Initiative and in collaboration with the SATIB Conservation Trust and the Wilderness Conservancy, has donated a 6 cylinder Jabiru Bat Hawk Light Sport Aircraft to the Lugenda Wildlife Reserve, which forms part of the greater Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique.
Elephant poaching in this reserve is at an all time high, with an average of 2 elephant being lost each day due to poaching. Matthew Norval, Conservation Director at the Wilderness Foundation confirms that the acquisition of the Bat Hawk will assist with anti-poaching and wildlife conservation in the Lugenda Wildlife Reserve, and that the plane will be deployed in the next few weeks.
“The funds for this donation were made possible by the Wilderness Conservancy in the USA and the SATIB Conservation Trust in South Africa”, says Norval. “We are encouraged by the co-operation and support we receive from various organisations to assist in implementing our various conservation programmes”.