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.
February has been unusually wet due to unexpected rains. These rains have caused massive vegetation regeneration making enough forage available for the wild animals more so within protected areas. We are optimistic that the same weather conditions will continue to prevail and ensure animals are well nourished.Read more
January was expected to be dry as a signal of the start of the dry period. Fortunately, this has not been the case as the month has been rainier and cooler than expected. This is thought to have been contributed to a spill-over of the wet season possibly due to the initial delay of the start of rains at the end of 2021.Read more
The Unit attended eight animal cases , assisting elephants, a giraffe and zebra. Three of the animals attended were suffering from snare wounds.Read more