Headed by KWS Field Veterinary Officer Dr. Jeremiah Poghon this Unit has been equipped with a custom-designed vehicle and all the necessary equipment including a vaccine refrigerator, dart gun, VHF radios, GPS, camera, binoculars as well as all the medicines required for rapid and effective veterinary response. An SWT Driver and veterinary assistant support Dr. Poghon along with two experienced Kenya Wildlife Service capture rangers.
This Unit is operated by the SWT with funding from Four Paws and has been operational since November 2003.
November has had experienced good rains leading to good forage and water availability. Several elephant injuries have been treated including a spear injury to a bull, sole injuries of two bulls in the SWT Ithumba Stockade and a foot injury of a bull in the SWT Voi Stockade. Snares were also removed from three giraffes....Read more
October witnessed the start of short rains in the ecosystem with promising showers at the beginning of the Month. We hope the rains will continue into December hence improving the forage and water availability in the ecosystem....Read more
The month of September has exceeded other months both in number of activities handled by the unit and other challenges experienced especially with unexplained deaths of wildlife in Tsavo West National Park including the death of a rhino. Several measures have since been put in place to reduce dependence of the only water point (Ngulia Hippo pools) to reduce contamination and disease spread. ...Read more