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.
As the month rolled on, it became drier, hotter and more dusty. The abundant seasonal green vegetation has changed into dry browse for the wild animals, however, substantial volumes of water within the rivers has ensured there is enough water for wildlife.Read more
February has been a month of mixed weather patterns deviating from the usual relatively dry period. It has been both wet and dry interchangeably with unusual rain spells and visually cloudy some days. This has seen streams and rivers continue to flow, while the rate of drying vegetation and shedding of tree leaves has slowed, which are all positives for the wildlife.Read more