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HerdTracker update from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Joel is a Commercial Pilot with over 5 years of bush flying experience in Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania with over 4000 safe flying hours under his belt. As an active member of the Coastal team, he is now leading Coastal's Operations in the Northern Tanzanian regions from Arusha. Joel says that it's the exceptional team effort amongst the Pilots at Coastal that make it possible to provide updates for Herdtracker. 

Joel says: “When visiting us in Africa, feel free to thank our people for being the custodians of the last few treasures of the world and come have a coffee and tell me about your experiences when passing through the Arusha airport”

HerdTracker updates from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Captain Joel J Fernandes | 

24 Jan 2017

Lack of rain has slowed calving season down

Hi HerdTracker

From the air, the herds are quite spread out. The lack of proper rains have split them apart and I hear that the situation on the ground is quite dire. While many of the females have calved already, it seems some are holding out in the hope of better rains.

A huge portion if the herds were spotted near the Seronera airstrip and west with some herd further South in the Moru area. Few small herds also spotted further South of Ndutu too. I think the whole Serengeti is hoping for a few days of good rains to rejuvenate the plains again.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
Arusha
 

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Captain Joel J Fernandes | 

25 Nov 2016

Big herds in Seronera

Hi HerdTracker,

The past few weeks have had the herds spread far and wide across the Serengeti. Right now, there are sizeable herds regrouping in the Seronera area from scattered locations west and north, with very small teams going as far as near the Grumeti to the West and Kogatende in the North.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
 

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Captain Joel J Fernandes | 

04 Nov 2016

Scattered herds seen in the north near Kogatende and Lamai

Hi HerdTracker

They are all over the place these days. Scattered herds are seen in the North near Kogatende and Lamai and some herds as far south as Seronera and west as the Grumeti.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
 

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Captain Joel J Fernandes | 

09 Jul 2016

Big herds located between Kogatende and Lobo

Hi HerdTracker,

Big herds have moved north with the majority located between Kogatende and Lobo.

Thanks and Regards,
Captain Joel

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Captain Joel J Fernandes | 

30 Jun 2016

The migration is widely spread out from Grumeti to the northern Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker

The migration is widely spread out from the Grumeti region with some herds visible in the northern Serengeti.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation, Arusha
 

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Captain Joel J Fernandes | 

11 May 2016

Most of the herds are in Seronera

Hi HerdTracker,

Mostof the herds are in the Seronera area with little to no movement to the north west.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation

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