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Anglo’s Bat Hawks deployed in conservation battle

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The Kruger National Park’s ground forces will soon be reinforced by 4 Bat Hawk surveillance aircraft donated by Anglo American Platinum. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Anglo’s Bat Hawks deployed in conservation battle

Mining group Anglo American Platinum has donated four Bat Hawk aircraft to assist conservation in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

The Bat Hawk surveillance aircraft will be used by South African National Parks (SANParks) to aid surveillance, conservation, and anti-poaching efforts in the SANParks flagship Kruger National Park.

The sponsorship agreement of the aircraft is valued at over R38-million.

According to Prakashim Moodliar, Anglo American Platinum’s Executive Head of projects, the donation is an important step for improved biodiversity and wildlife conservation in the Kruger National Park.

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The Kruger National Park, which spans over 2 million hectares of land and is divided in 22 sections, continues to face several operational challenges linked to animal poaching, the poisoning of animals, as well as snaring.

The four Bat Hawk aircraft, which are assembled in South Africa, are a more affordable and safer alternative to helicopters, and will go a long way in assisting with Kruger’s conservation and anti-poaching efforts. Other benefits of the aircraft include its great visibility during adverse weather conditions and light undercarriage which can easily manoever through thick bush.

According to Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Anglo Platinum joins a number of international and local companies and individuals who work with SANparks to protect South Africa’s natural habitat and threatened species.

“These Ultra-Light aircraft will assist us in carrying out aerial patrols as well as monitoring and effectively managing the environment. As custodians of our fauna and flora, SANParks has limited resources at its disposal. It is therefore important to form partnerships to look after our country’s rich and varied biodiversity,” Creecy says.

Anglo’s Bat Hawks deployed in conservation battle

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Anglo’s Bat Hawks deployed in conservation battle

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