Today our new Bat Hawk ZU-IUS, named Ikaneng, arrived in Pilanesberg. Thank you Terry Pappas for getting her ready in record time. Your work is amazing. Thanks also for the discount you give to conservation.

The Bat Hawk is sponsored by the Copehagen Zoo, Schopper Carts and the Pilanesberg National Park & Wildlife Trust.We sold our old one, Mofalodi a week or so ago as she had almost all the hours she could take on the engine. Thank you to Cop Zoo and Alexander for their continued support and passion. Both have been instrumental in making this project a success. That and our amazing dedicated Pilots working with us. Thank you Cameron Dobbie and Keaton Howes for fetching Ikaneng. I know you loved flying her here. The lads left yesterday for Nelspruit and flew Ikaneng here today. Landed her beautifully in 20 knot wind.

As you all are probably aware our Bat Hawk is critical in the protection and surveillance of the Pilanesberg Rhinos. She is our ‘eye in the sky’. And forms part of the Rhino Protection Unit. Ikaneng will go up every day. As did Mofalodi before her and Serate before that. It costs us a lot less to fly Ikaneng than hiring in a chopper, and she is always available. The Bat Hawk has the ability to fly low and slow which is precisely what is needed in Pilanesberg.

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