The Meru veterinary team is headed by Kenya Wildlife Service Veterinary Officer Dr Bernard Rono. Dr Rono is ably assisted by SWT driver and veterinary assistant Peter Kariuki along with two skilled KWS capture rangers. The team is fully equipped with GPS, Radios, Cameras, and binoculars, a customised 4x4 vehicle suitable for off-road driving, two darting systems that can be alternately used depending on terrain and other prevailing field conditions, all necessary drugs and medical supplies as well as basic laboratory equipment that enables prompt field diagnosis and treatment.
The Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit is operated by the SWT with generous funding from Mr. Companc and has been operational since February 2013.
The Conservation Area experienced dry weather through-out August. The once well covered prairies are rapidly becoming barren as wild animal continue to utilise the remaining vegetation. Hopefully there will be enough to take them through the next two months before the rainy season begins.Read more
Human-wildlife conflict has been noted during the period under review. This has likely been exacerbated by the dry season, which has set in rapidly. There is no very limited farm work/cultivation taking place on the farms neighbouring the Conservation Area and people have started to intrude into protected areas, with conflict often occurring.Read more
The Eastern Conservation Area is now experiencing the start of the dry season with vegetation drying up and trees shedding leaves in order to cope with water shortages. The prevailing weather conditions are dry, windy with bouts of sunny and cloudy periods.Read more