The Bateleurs - Newsletter December 2015
View this email in your browser
Dear Bateleurs members and supporters,

The end of another successful year for The Bateleurs is in sight but amidst all the festive activities an important mission will be undertaken this coming weekend. A precious cargo of 14 Wild Dogs will be flown from KwaZulu-Natal to their new home in Limpopo. Once again, King Air Charter is kindly sponsoring this flight. Numerous Wild Dogs have been relocated  by King Air Charter over the last few years.

Our volunteer pilots have flown in excess of 60 missions comprising approximately 136 flights during 2015 up to date .These missions were flown for a diversity of beneficiary organisations and covered a wide spectrum of topical environmental and conservation issues. Anti-poaching patrols flown in KwaZulu-Natal and rhino crime scene missions flown in the Kruger National Park comprised 39 of these missions. Other issues that were addressed included water-related concerns, unlawful development on coastlines, invasive alien vegetation and the havoc wreaked by coal mines, sand mining operations and fracking. Nesting sites surveys were conducted for vultures and other tree-nesting raptors and Grey Crowned Cranes and Nile crocodiles were counted. 
Some of these missions (see below) are now available on our website,, with more to follow in due course. Please "like" our Facebook page,, to receive notifications when new missions are added. 
              Pilot: Eugene Couzyn               
 Pilot: Sholto Kroon
              Pilot: Reid Wardle                
Our volunteer pilots once again excelled during 2015 and their generosity never seizes to astound me. I wish to thank each and everyone of our pilots who always give their time so freely and go out of their way to try and assist with flight requests. I also want to thank all our sponsors, organisations and individuals, that supported The Bateleurs during 2015. In particular, the financial support received from the Tusk Trust and the Rufford Foundation has been invaluable. In saying that, every donation makes a difference and is appreciated.

Our office will be closed until the
11th of January 2016 but I can be contacted for urgent missions during this period. 

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Kind regards
Zelda Hudson
Thank you to Avroy Shlain Cosmetics for their generous donation of R 50 000.00 to The Bateleurs. Daisy Chin-Lor, CEO of Avroy Shlain Cosmetics, presented the cheque to Bateleurs Director, Avroy Shlain, at our recent Board Meeting. 
                  Daisy Chin-Lor and Avroy Shlain                                        Zelda Hudson and Avroy Shlain
Thank you to Expand a Sign for the generous donation of multiple branding solutions to The Bateleurs, including Ex-Up Banners, Flying Banners, Ex-T Pull Up Banners, a Gazebo and  additional Gazebo skin. Seen here is the CEO of Expand a Sign, Donavan Bailey (left) handing the Ex-T Banner to Bateleurs director, Steve McCurrach.
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools and equipment, for professional users. It’s South African subsidiary Snap-on Africa (Pty) Ltd has generously offered to donate 10% of their on-line sales (effective1st September until 31st December 2015) to The Bateleurs in support of our efforts to Save the Rhino. Snap-on Africa currently has a range of “SAVE THE RHINO” clothing available to purchase both on-line and otherwise, which they will donate a minimum of R50 per garment to the Bateleurs. In addition to their ON-LINE Sales donation, Snap-on Africa has earmarked numerous other products, which they will contribute a published amount to the Bateleurs when these products are sold. For a current list of these ear-marked products visit their website, & click on the “SAVE THE RHINO” button.


The Bateleurs is a registered beneficiary of the Woolworths MyPlanet Programme. Get your free MyPlanet card (no monthly fees, no costs to you!) and nominate The Bateleurs as your charity. Swipe your card at partner stores when you shop. They will donate a percentage of your purchases on your behalf.

  1. If you don’t have a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card yet, simply apply for your free card now and select The Bateleurs.
  2. If you already have a MySchool card, but would like to change your beneficiary or add a charity, simply call the Client Service Centre on 0860 100 445 or email them on – there is no need to get a new card!
Our thanks go to our volunteer pilots and our sponsors:
Haggie Charitable Trust; Isibindi Trust; Felix Schneier Foundation; Rob Davies; WBHO Construction; Afrihost; Datapro; Brian Birkan