German Government donates a new Husky anti-poaching Aircraft to North Luangwa National Park
Enlarge image (© German Embassy Lusaka) On June 20th 2017, Ambassador Burkart handed-over to Hon. PS Mutale of the Ministry of Tourism and Arts the new Husky Anti-poaching Aircraft donated by the German Government. The plane is dedicated to be used by the Frankfurt Zoological Society in the North Luangwa National Park, home to the biggest elephant population in Zambia as well as home to the re-introduced Black Rhino. The FZS has a long standing co-operation with the Zambian wildlife Authorities in this project. The German Government financed this aircraft to supports this project in its fight against illegal poaching in Zambia. Appropriately equipped aircrafts can be used to survey large and remote areas, to detect threats, provide critical information to reaction forces on the ground, and carry out wildlife censuses and habitat monitoring. The Husky A-1C is an ideal plane for monitoring and anti-poaching surveys as it operates at low heights and slow speeds – similar to that of a helicopter – and has a proven long-term success rate for its use in finding poacher camps and recording GPS positions for follow-up actions by teams on the ground.
Enlarge image (© German Embassy Lusaka) Ambassador Burkart also handed over the financing for a solar power operated borehole to support the livelihood of the warden and ranger community of the park. This support is crucial as the wardens and rangers have to be supported to find good working and living conditions for their families and themselves in this remote area in order to be able to concentrate fully on their important, exhausting and often dangerous tasks