WHAT WE DO
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.
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.
Buffalo, Mana Pools
Sanyati River, Matusadona13
Sanyati River, Matusadona15
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TRUST REGULATORY INFORMATION
38 Cumberland Road
Mikatem Financial Services
No. 12 Birchenough Road
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.