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A WIN for Tropic Air at the 10to4

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A WIN for Tropic Air at the 10to4

Our engineering team took FIRST prize in the ‘Rush’ event – 56.6 km off-road in 2 hours and 40 minutes! A few falls but great (and unexpected) result, with Anthony also claiming 2nd individual in this event. Well done guys – amazing team spirit! Thank you Mount Kenya Trust for organising another thrilling Mount Kenya 10to4 Mountain Bike Challenge Not only did we have a team competing, but we provided a helicopter to carry the film crew and medics to respond, and where necessary, airline injured athletes to hospital....

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Rescue of a tiny Baby Baboon – Congo

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Rescue of a tiny Baby Baboon – Congo

This is the first time we have flown a baby baboon, and being able to help with this particular rescue was a great pleasure. ‘Missa’ as she has been named by the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro in the Congo where she now lives, was found by Garamba National Park rangers in the possession of a bushmeat poacher. It is assumed that her mother was killed for bushmeat, and that she would have had the same fate. This traumatic start to Missa’s life is now on a better path, with the care and safety of the team at Lwiro, and a bonding...

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Born to Fly

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Born to Fly

It is a year since Roger Gower was killed by ivory poachers whilst on a tracking flight in Tanzania. The Born to Fly charity has been launched in his memory to raise much needed funds for two education projects in rural parts of Kenya and Tanzania, with the aim to help build stronger communities that can value their wildlife without resorting to poaching. More info on the Born to Fly Facebook and website pages. Please follow and...

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New Director of Flight Operations

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New Director of Flight Operations

Husband and wife team, Eston Whitfield and Sarah Snell, take on new positions at Tropic Air. Sarah, new to Tropic Air, takes on the position of Director of Flight Operations. Sarah has been flying for 16 years, having gone solo at the age of 16 years. She flew for 7 years in Alaska and since then has been flying in Kenya. Sarah has her commercial pilots licences for both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, and is a qualified Aircraft Mechanic. Eston having been flying for Tropic Air for 11 years, much of which her was based in Nairobi...

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The events the impacted our year

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The events the impacted our year

2016 started with the tragic news that our former helicopter pilot and friend Roger Gower lost his life in an anti-poaching flying task in Tanzania. (Photo credit Georgina Goodwin of Roger’s last safari with Tropic Air in January 2016 shortly before he was killed). And with this, 2016 was diverse, but with many good times that followed. We flew TV personality Gordon Buchanan who was filming and presenting a new BBC series ‘Elephant Family and Me’ in Tsavo National Park. For 2 days Madonna and her family were on board our choppers, in...

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So many orphan elephants in northern Kenya .. is it the drought?

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So many orphan elephants in northern Kenya .. is it the drought?

Over the last week we have airlifted 2 orphan elephants to a new sanctuary in Samburu. 9th November:  We airlifted an orphan baby elephant to safety after he was found with his dead mother, killed by a gunshot wound, in Shaba, Northern Kenya. Abandoned by the rest of the herd, he would not have survived alone through the nights with the dangers of hyena and other predators. He will now be hand raised and released back into wild herds when he is old enough. He’s a strong, healthy and feisty little thing and we so much look forward to him...

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Tiger Fishing expedition in Tanzania!

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Tiger Fishing expedition in Tanzania!

Set deep in an untouched corner of the Tanzania wilderness, the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers offer some of the most thrilling freshwater fishing. This area is famous its world-record Tiger Fish! A great fun and exciting-fishing challenge, sticking to the beat rotation and catch and release policies, which are in place to safeguard the future of Tiger Fish populations. © Edward Ghaui, August 2016...

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Majestic Mount Kenya – birds eye view

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Majestic Mount Kenya – birds eye view

Mount Kenya – an extinct volcano with ancient lava, snowy caps, alpine lakes and almost vertical twin peaks that stand over 5,000 metres high. This is a birds-eye view of our incredible mountain, taken by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, through the open doors of our chopper. October 2016.  ...

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Moments with the orphans at Ithumba

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Moments with the orphans at Ithumba

In Ithumba, Tsavo East National Park in Southern Kenya, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust have a rehabilitation and soft-release program for their orphan elephants. They come here after been nurtured in their Nairobi nursery, and remain in the care of keepers for many months and years, that sets them up for a life in the wild. Tropic Air Helicopters was thrilled at have wildlife film maker Gordon Buchanan onboard our chopper for a 3 day aerial filming task in Ithumba for the...

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Bloodhounds supporting anti-poaching operations in Laikipia

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Bloodhounds supporting anti-poaching operations in Laikipia

In Laikipia, and parts of northern Kenya, where the wildlife is rich and poaching is a constant threat, an anti poaching rapid response team is on hand to assist. Highly trained and supported by 51 Degrees, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, partners in conservation, and Kenya Police, the team have sniffer dogs that are key in assisting with cases. Tropic Air plays an essential role, by mobilising the team to hotspot areas, quickly. © Hilary Hurt (bottom 2...

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