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The aircraft sponsored by the conservation groups WWF South Africa, Save the Rhino International, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Hluhluwe and iMfolozi Honorary Wildlife Officers is powered by a three-litre, six-cylinder motor and has a flying range of about four hours.

Flying Game Rangers, Dirk Swart, left, and Lawrence Munro get behind the controls of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s new anti-poaching Bantam spotter.
Bheki Khoza, the executive director of Ezemvelo, said he was confident that the spotter plane would enable his staff to intensify the war against well-funded horn poaching syndicates.

In the first five months of 2011, poachers killed at least 160 rhinos across the country, 12 of them in KZN.

Munro said he had been trying to persuade Ezemvelo for more than 10 years of the need for aerial surveillance capacity in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the cradle of rhino conservation in the country.

Rhino poaching is nothing new, but over the years I knew that it was going to get worse because of the growth in value of rhino horns and criminal syndicates.

The Bantam spotter is much cheaper to operate than a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft and easy to land on bush airstrips.

RIGHT: Flying Game Rangers Dirk Swart, left, and Lawrence Munro get behind the controls of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s new anti-poaching spotter
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