Born Free has teamed up with Chimera Aviation to launch autogyros for ranger patrols.

These quiet, light aircraft fly safely at low speeds. They land and take off in an area the size of a small garden. They have been used for aerial surveillance in military operations, and can carry a pilot and passenger/observer and technical equipment.

Launching at Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa – the home of our two big cat sanctuaries – and Garamba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these Dragon GBT 1170 aircraft will ultimately allow rangers to protect extensive areas safely, economically and efficiently.

With your help, we can equip our rangers with the ultimate tool to fight back against wildlife crime – a dragon! We aim to significantly reduce the poaching of animals in the regions where a dragon is deployed.

Your kind gift will allow us to transform the picture of field conservation by:

  • Deploying an autogyro at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, South Africa
  • Deploying and operating two autogyros at Garamba in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be used by African Parks ranger services
  • Training local pilots and rangers to use the autogyros safely and effectively
  • Ultimately rolling out 10 autogyros to other African countries where Born Free operates, including Kenya, Ethiopia and Zambia, within the next 12 months.

There will be no hiding place for poachers! Join the fight and help us unleash the dragon!

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