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Helping rhinos fly to safety

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Helping rhinos fly to safety

Critical conservation

In South Africa alone, over 1,000 rhinos were lost to poaching every year – that equates to three killed every day. These beautiful animals are poached illegally for their horns, prized in certain cultures as symbols of power and wealth, as well as being said to have unproven medicinal properties.

South Africa has by far the largest population of rhinos in the world and is an incredibly important country for conservation. This is key to preserving the wonder of the country’s biodiversity, landscapes and associated heritage. It is also critical for tourism and the many rural communities it helps sustain.

Flying to the rescue

One such example is conservation charity  Flying for Freedom SA that works across South African  National Parks and beyond. They do everything from flying veterinary scientists to snared animals, to flying rescued animals to protected reserves and assisting anti-poaching operations.

Dedicated to saving the animals

“South Africa is home to some of the world’s most incredible creatures, including rhinos. As residents of the country, it’s our job to help save these animals,” explains Flying for Freedom SA. “It’s made even easier with support from sponsors like Puma Aviation, who provide us with fuel for the helicopter and additional funds to keep the organisation going.”

The perfect partner

As we operate across Africa with unrivalled aviation fuel storage and distribution capabilities and are dedicated to delivering high-quality aviation fuel without fail, whenever and wherever it’s needed – we are the perfect partner for Flying for Freedom SA.

“I wholeheartedly agree with Flying for Freedom SA’s ethos about taking responsibility for preserving the very special habitat around us here in South Africa, and across Africa as a whole,” says Seamus Kilgallon, Global Head of Aviation at Puma Aviation. “This is why Puma Aviation supports Flying for Freedom SA to carry out flights to save endangered species. Our African-wide network allows us to support them wherever their work may take them. We are proud to contribute to this important work in a small way.”

For more information or to donate to Flying for Freedom SA please visit


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