Wednesday, February 12, 2014

LLJ Assists in Tsavo-Mkomazi Elephant Census


Our Chief Pilot, Bill, along with our aircraft 5Y-LLJ spent last week participating in the Kenya Wildlife Service Tsavo-Mkomazi Aerial Elephant Census! 

LLJ ready for four days of flying!
Tsavo National Park is the third largest National Park in the world, and inevitably, the largest National Park in Kenya (covering 4% of the country's landmass). Campi ya Kanzi borders Tsavo West National Park. The park is one of the most vital ecosystems in the country, full of wildlife, and most importantly, hosts the largest elephant population in Kenya.

The aerial counts are done to establish the trends of elephants in the expansive Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem; and is completed over the course of 4 days with the use of 15 aircrafts. Over 130 people were responsible for the completion of this exercise, and we, along with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, were delighted to be a part of it! 

Beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro as LLJ covered an area around Rombo Group Ranch. Observers would analyze their observations on either side of the aircraft in between the two markers you see in the photo. This designated 500 meters on the ground, allowing for accurate observations when flying 
You can check out this video Pilot Bill created with some footage of the many flights as well as the hardworking crew! 

Click HERE for the video

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