Working in Partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service
The DSWT and the KWS are now jointly operating four successful Mobile Veterinary Units with KWS field veterinary officers within the Tsavo Conservation Area, the Masai Mara and Central Rift, the Meru ecosystem and the Northern and Eastern conservancies, and now most recently in the Southern Conservation Area incorporating southern Tsavo West National Park, Amboseli National Park and the Chyulu Hills including the surrounding groups ranches stretching as far as Kajiado and Magadi.
The DSWT’s veterinary commitment to the care and treatment of wildlife in Kenya is ongoing and the Trust is always seeking new solutions to the ever-evolving changes and situations affecting all wild species and especially Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has worked in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service Veterinary Department for the past eleven years.
Additional to the jointly operated KWS/DSWT Mobile Veterinary Units, there are further dedicated field veterinary officers based at the KWS’s Nairobi headquarters, who expertly support and treat cases reported, yet logistically there is a deficiency in their rapid mobilization. So for these reasons the DSWT has combined efforts with the KWS in establishing a new Veterinary Mobilization Interface known as the KWS/DSWT 'Sky Vet' Program. Due to a generous donation the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust now funds the deployment of available KWS Veterinary Officers in response to emergency cases that cannot be attended by the Mobile Veterinary Units for what ever reason.
Each case is reported to KWS and then the deployment is meticulously coordinated from the DSWT’s Nairobi headquarters. In some instances a helicopter is required, or sometimes a scheduled flight is used, and other times a chartered plane is required. The success of this initiative relies on communication. Please call the KWS or DSWT Nairobi HQ at +254 (0) 202 301 396 if you wish to report an emergency.
Special thanks to Lori Price for giving us wings, to the KWS officers who avail themselves at short notice, to Air Charter companies Boskies, Yellow Wings, Air Kenya and Safari Link who have all contributed to the Sky Vet initiative by reducing their rates in support of conservation.
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