Save the elephants!
MAF Angola Pilot Marijn Goud flew a team from National Geographic earlier this year, so they could work on their important project on the waters of Angola.
The team of explorers are busy researching the Okavango Delta and the rivers which supply it. The Okavango river basin provides a source of water for a million people and is one of the most wildlife-rich places in Africa.
It also supports the world’s largest remaining elephant population (around 130,000), as well as rhinos, cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, and more than 480 species of birds. The delta itself is protected in Botswana, but the rivers and lakes which supply the delta – over 95% in Angola – are not.
Human behaviour such as , killing animals for bushmeat, uncontrolled fires for charcoal production and excessive are threatening the future of this beautiful area.
The National Geographic team are working hard to stop this by collecting valuable about the rivers, and working with local communities and governments to get the river basin protected.
When Marijn landed the MAF plane, there was a huge crowd gathering to watch, as the airstrip is only used a few times a year!