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 lush green vegetation that characterizes the Meru ecosystem has been stifled by the prevailing drought. Formerly plentiful grasslands have become barren fields with gaunt termite cathedrals leaving riverine vegetation as the only sustenance for wildlife.Read more
Even though the drought has spilled over into August, we are optimistic that the Eastern Conservation Area will receive a substantial amount of rain soon. Nevertheless, wildlife continues to flourish with most of the female herbivores seen this month observed to be in mid gestation.Read more