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26 April 2019
26. April 2019 Helicopters

A critical fight: anti-poaching with the H125

In Namibia and Botswana, government agencies are using the H125 to fight the surge in wildlife crimes.

鈥淥ur aircraft falls under wildlife support services,鈥 says Carl-Heinz Moeller, chief pilot for the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism. 鈥淲e often fly areas that we usually don鈥檛 see from the ground, and we can see when there is a problem happening in that area. The helicopter helps in alerting our team to that problem.鈥

Article: Heather Couthaud - Photos: AG真人计划 Helicopters/Anthony Pecchi.聽Article adapted from聽Rotor magazine聽#115.

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he statistics are dire. Less than 4,000 tigers are left in the wild. The western black rhino and northern white rhino are now extinct outside of protected reserves (1). These animals, and hundreds of other species, are victims of poaching 鈥 killed for their pelts, horns, tusks, shells, etc. 鈥 and sold around the world as trophies, medicine, clothing, jewelry, and exotic meat. Poaching is second only to habitat destruction as a threat to the future of the world鈥檚 endangered animal populations, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The 鈥渂ad guys鈥 are poachers, to be sure, aided by sophisticated trafficking networks. But the guilty also include consumers.

We often fly areas that we usually don鈥檛 see from the ground, and we can see when there is a problem happening in that area. The helicopter helps in alerting our team to that problem.

Carl-Heinz Moeller, chief pilot for the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism

Stepping up the effort

Heroic efforts are taking place to combat wildlife crime, from educational campaigns like the one in international airports, to Namibia鈥檚 increase in resources earmarked for on-the-ground anti-poaching.

And in-the-air. At least two countries have added the H125 helicopter to their arsenal in the anti-poaching fight. The Botswana Police Service employs one of four H125s for anti-poaching missions, in addition to their regular law enforcement duties. And Namibia鈥檚 Ministry of Environment and Tourism employs an H125 to perform game capture, aerial surveys and game counts, and for general park management.

鈥淥ur aircraft falls under wildlife support services,鈥 says Carl-Heinz Moeller, chief pilot for the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism. 鈥淲e often fly areas that we usually don鈥檛 see from the ground, and we can see when there is a problem happening in that area. The helicopter helps in alerting our team to that problem.鈥澛

 
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Namibia Ministry Of Environment And Tourism

Namibia鈥檚 Ministry of Environment and Tourism employs an H125 to perform game capture, aerial surveys and game counts, and for general park management.

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Botswana Police Service

The Botswana Police Service employs one of four H125s for anti-poaching missions, in addition to their regular law enforcement duties.

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Namibian Ministry of Environment

After tranquillising the elephant, the team puts a collar on it to track its movements. The dart is shot from the helicopter and it takes about 5 minutes for the elephant to succumb.

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Botswana鈥檚 police crew in front of their H125.

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Etosha National Park aerial surveillance in an H125 ANTHONY PECCHI
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Etosha National Park aerial surveillance in an H125

鈥淥ne advantage of the aircraft is [that] constant aerial surveillance of the area does deter people from the outside from getting in,鈥 says Moeller, who often overflies Etosha National Park.

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The team from the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism poses in front of the H125.

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One of the four H125s flying over the reserve, east from Botswana鈥檚 capital Gaborone.

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An aerial deterrent

鈥淥ne advantage of the aircraft is [that] constant aerial surveillance of the area does deter people from the outside from getting in,鈥 says Moeller, who often overflies Etosha National Park. 鈥淎nd it helps the ground staff when they go out, as an aerial support; it gives them a bit of confidence.鈥

To monitor whether poaching is on the rise, the ministry does game counts. 鈥淲e fly transects which are worked out beforehand. They will be about 500 metres apart through the whole length of the area that needs to be counted,鈥 says Moeller. 鈥淲e count everything on either side of the aircraft at a certain height, usually about 150聽feet, depending on the terrain.鈥

The H125 is well-suited to the high and hot environment in Africa. 鈥淲hen you talk about the performance of this aircraft in relation to the climate and conditions in Botswana, we are sitting roughly between 3,200 and in some places 5,000 feet, and the temperatures are a little bit high,鈥 says E.S. Morris, Assistant Commissioner with the Botswana Police Service, and chief pilot of the air support branch. 鈥淭he H125s have performed well in this situation. There is nowhere in the country where I would say the aircraft wouldn鈥檛 perform.鈥

鈥淚 wouldn鈥檛 want to fly any other machine for these types of missions,鈥 Moeller adds.

(1) Source: World Wildlife Fund-WWF

Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism

Base: Eros Airport, Windhoek

Fleet: 1 H125

Activities: Anti-poaching patrols, game capture, aerial surveys and game counts, VIP transport, general park management flights.

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Botswana Police Service

Base: Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, Gaborone聽

Fleet: 4 H125s

Activities: Airborne law enforcement, surveillance missions,
suspect pursuits, anti-poaching missions.

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