The Meru veterinary team is headed by Kenya Wildlife Service Veterinary Officer Dr Bernard Rono. Dr Rono is ably assisted by DSWT 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 generously funded through the DSWT by Mr Companc and has been operational since February 2013.
The drought situation has continued to worsen in Northern Kenya with scarce water and diminishing pasture for both wildlife and livestock. These conditions result in increased interactions between humans and wildlife, often resulting in injuries, as well as increase in the chances of disease transmission between livestock and wildlife....Read more