The Ewaso ecosystem is a vital wildlife region in Northern Kenya, endowed with roaming herds of elephant and over half of Kenya’s rhino population. Located at the threshold of some of Kenya’s most successful wildlife conservation areas, Tropic Air is the first port of call to assist in a range of wildlife related tasks, including anti-poaching training and response, airlifting injured rangers and the translocation of orphaned infant animals.
Mobilising the anti-poaching rapid response team in the case of an incident or security breach, along with regular training to familiarize the team on heli-procedures. Working with 51 Degrees, Reteti (R.E.S.C.U.E), Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Darting & Collaring
Fitting satellite tracking devices to help monitor movements of elephants is vital for their survival. Tropic Air works closely with several conservation organisations and government bodies to make this possible. The process involves tracking the elephant from the helicopter and darting at close range without causing excess distress.
Moving wildlife to new areas using the helicopter takes skill, patience, and understanding of wildlife behaviour. In addition to this, we also fly infant elephant and rhino, some that have been orphaned and other needing specialist vet care. We mobilise either our helicopter or the Cessna Caravan, depending on the case in hand.
Working with the people on the ground
Since its inception 25 years ago, Tropic Air has developed an excellent relationship with the people on the ground (individuals, community, conservation organisations and government bodies) who not only fiercely protect the wildlife but work together to ensure that traditional migratory patterns are not interrupted.