Anti-Poaching, heli-training exercise

Training with the Rapid Response team, Borana Ranch

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The ‘Ewaso’ ecosystem in northern Kenya is a 50,000 Sq km wildlife space, endowed with roaming populations of elephant and over half of Kenya’s rhino population. But not surprisingly, poaching here is a real problem, and a major conservation concern. In a serious movement to curb poaching, an ‘anti poaching rapid response team’ was set up in 2012 by high profile partners in conservation (Space for Giants, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and 51 Degrees), with support from Kenya Police Reservists.

Located at Nanyuki Airfield, Tropic Air is the only commercial air operator in proximity to this remote vastness, and has become a key partner in providing much needed air support in the occurrence of an incident.

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Quick mobilization is essential, and often entails tracking of armed poachers, airlifting injured rangers and translocating orphaned wildlife infants. The tasks are always high adrenaline and high risk.

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In preparation for incidences, training exercise are regularly carried out ensuring that the armed rangers, are familiar with the helicopter procedures. These photos were taken at Borana Ranch in July © Pete Newland, 51 Degrees.