AERIAL SURVEILLANCE

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust looks to provide comprehensive aerial support and surveillance over the greater Tsavo Conservation Area in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service.

This aerial surveillance unit comprises of three aircrafts, a Supercub, Topcub and a Cessna 185, all ideally suited for low-level aerial monitoring and surveillance. Over fifty hours a month are flown over the Tsavo Conservation Area, covering over 21,000 square kilometers of Tsavo East and West National Parks including the Chyulu Hills National Park, the Kibwezi Forest Reserve and other adjacent ranches.

Aerial reconnaissance is a vital tool in the effective prevention of illegal activities, whilst increasing security and providing the essential data needed to protect such vast areas of land. Alongside the Kenya Wildlife Service ambushes have been laid at strategic places identified from the air to combat persistent poaching activities, following which many arrests have been made. Poachers hideouts, snare lines and shooting platforms erected over waterholes have also been uncovered from the air and destroyed, as have charcoal kilns. Another illegal activity regularly identified and reported from the air is the intrusion of livestock and their enclosures within the Park.

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