The African Rhino is under serious threat and, according to the experts, will face extinction in under a decade. That’s unless we step up and take action now.
Flying for Freedom South Africa and Rhino 911 are two Emergency Rhino Rescue units, run by two totally dedicated pilots, Tokkie Botes and Nico Jacobs, who fly their helicopters across the North West Province and the greater Kruger Park area, helping to protect these precious creatures.
They are the Rhino “paramedics” - the emergency response to any call for help with Rhino across a multitude of game parks and game farms. They respond to poaching incidents where, with the vets they carry, they can hopefully still save the injured animals. And if not, they can at least still sometimes save the distressed calves they find crying out beside their lifeless mothers. The calves are taken to a Rhino orphanage where they are cared for until they are old enough and strong enough to be released back into the bush.
Flying for Freedom South Africa and Rhino 911 also fly teams of dedicated vets to conduct routine notching (clipping Rhino’s ears and inserting micro-chips between their shoulders and into their horns for identification), as well as fitting electronic collars so that the Rhino can be tracked remotely day and night, under the surveillance and protection of armed guards and game rangers.
These pilots are on call 24/7/365 – and they never say no to a call.
As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, Puma Energy Aviation has felt compelled to step in and help. For the next year we are sponsoring the fuel to keep these brave pilots’ helicopters in the air, so that they can continue to save our heritage - for you, for me, for our children, and for future generations.
The extinction of the Rhino will not just rob Africa of one of the worlds’ largest and oldest creatures, it will rob the entire world and all humanity of the privilege of living in a world alongside this incredible creature that has survived since the pre-historic era.
This is an emergency. We must do everything we can to ensure that the Rhino forever roams the African savannah free from danger.
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