Kenya conservation news – KWS gets new Bell 407 helicopter

KWS BOOSTS AERIAL CAPACITY WITH PURCHASE OF A BELL 407 HELICOPTER
Kenya Wildlife Service last week took delivery of a brand new Bell 407 helicopter at their air wing base at Wilson Airport Nairobi, substantially boosting their internal capacity for aerial surveys and rapid deployment of personnel to deal with critical incidents.
While taking delivery of the new rotary bird KWS Executive Director Julius Kipngetich also announced that a Cessna 208 Caravan would be purchased next and that by 2015 each national park should have a light aircraft based on site at park headquarters to facilitate immediate aerial responses to reports and incidents of poaching, to carry out aerial surveillance and monitoring of the game and facilitate emergency evacuations, all aimed to improve operations and cut down on response times. Visit www.kws.org for more details and information about Kenyas national parks and game reserves under KWS jurisdiction or follow them via @KWSKenya on Twitter for their latest updates and news feed.

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