Speaking at a hand over of donated 4×4 vehicles the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism in Tanzania, Lazaro Nyalandu, has announced that a special air squadron of 5 helicopters is set to take to the skies in the New Year as the country continues its fight against poachers.
Despite the loss of a helicopter which crashed last month killing 4 staff, the Ministry has said that the new squadron will be ready to take on the poachers within weeks.
The crashed helicopter is covered by insurance and will be replaced. A second helicopter is currently on the way to Tanzania and once new pilots have been trained in South Africa and the United States the squadron will be bought up to strength.
The minister made the announcement as the wildlife service received a donation of five Toyota Land-Cruiser Pickup trucks from the Wildlife Conservation Foundation of Tanzania.