Wings Over Africa
Saving Tanzania's Wildlife
Taking Stock 2020
After 2 years of stasis due to illness, we returned last year and in terms of achievement, had one of our best years yet. With our new rugged all metal aircraft, which is far more suitable to African conditions, plus a newly built hangar area, where we can store it during the wet season, we now possess an ongoing surveillance capability. Also, we have bedded in several alternative pilots, Ferdi and Richard (a trained flying instructor and also mechanic), plus Eddie, a Tanzanian national, giving us a year round operational capability, as opposed to merely a summer operation of 3 months at a time, which was all Anne & I were able to commit to.
Unfortunately though, this year is overshadowed with the Corona Virus pandemic. We don't know how this is going to play out, it is just too soon to tell, but it seems unlikely that this will all be resolved by summer, especially as Africa appears to be around 2 months behind Europe in status with the infection. We hope that they are not as badly hit, and that we can continue with our work this year, but we are not optimistic. For now, please see our blog from last year: Skubie's blog
Meanwhile, in case we have forgotten, the reason we are here:
There are over Seven Thousand million humans on this planet. (update - now 7.366 billion)
about 400,000 African Elephants (now 100,000 less)
4000 plus Lions
approximately 1000 mountain Gorillas
Just over 2000 Black Rhinos and just 15 Northern White Rhinos
What's wrong with this picture?
The wild places where animals live, are being rapidly encroached upon by human activity
and wild animals are being squeezed out of their habitats with less and less space for them to live. In addition, due to the idiotic beliefs of various Asian cultures, the few remaining animals are being hunted for their horns , tusks, skin and body parts of all descriptions, in the mistaken belief that they possess hidden healing powers, or for status symbols as carvings.
We are working to redress this balance, helping with animal conservation, first in South Africa and now in Tanzania,
by providing a plane, a pilot and an observer
The human population is set to double in the next 70 years, then double again every 70 years after. We are living on the only habitable planet for Light Years, and are steadily plundering its resources and trashing the environment that we depend upon. There is nowhere else for us to move to when we have filled up the Earth.
“it may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself,
but that is what we are now in the process of doing.” Elizabeth Kolbert
Watch this video of David Suzuki explaining the issue of overpopulation - it's frightening