Howard Buffett, the son of Berkshire Hathaway cofounder and billionaire investor Warren Buffett, pledged a helicopter yesterday plus more in order to fight African poachers, we learned according to a report published by the Environment News Service.
Upon making a visit to Tanzania, the farmer and philanthropist, who manages three experimental farms plus a family farm, mentioned that his foundation is going to provide a helicopter, fund the pilot training as well as game rangers, purchase more vehicles, as well as GPS equipment, the report tells us.
Founded in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation is a private foundation that mainly focuses on improving impoverished populations and their quality of life. This is not even the first time that Buffett has become involved in wildlife protection.
This past March, Howard Buffett set in motion a $23.7 million, three-year initiative to fight rhino poaching in Kruger National Park, as well as test other anti-poaching tactics that could apply to other African regions, the report tells us.
According to a Nature World News report, a rhinoceros horn can sell for as high as $30,000 per pound. This practice is increasingly being used by militant groups to generate revenue, including al-Shabaab.
Buffett’s helicopter is expected to make it to Tanzania in roughly 6 months. In the meantime, the farmer / philanthropist intends to lease an additional helicopter so that patrols can begin in mid-May.
The final dissolution of Howard Buffett’s foundation assets is December 31, 2045.