As a token of appreciation from the KWS Meru National Park’s Rhino Sanctuary and in recognition of the efforts the Trust has been making within the Meru ecosystem, the DSWT was given the great honour of naming the Sanctuary’s newest rhino calf, who was born in 2014. The DSWT chose the name ‘Safi’ for this precious female white rhino calf, who is now one year old and thriving in the Sanctuary.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust continues to dedicate significant funding and resources in support of the Kenya Wildlife Service in Meru National Park through its mobile veterinary and anti-poaching programs, deployed to the greater Meru area to combat increased poaching and illegal wildlife activities.
The Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit, which is fully funded by the DSWT and headed by KWS Field Veterinary Officer Dr Rono, has attended hundreds of cases since its establishment in Meru in February 2013, whilst the Meru Anti-Poaching team has been patrolling the Meru ecosystem since August 2014 capturing and arresting ivory and rhino poachers and removing hundreds of snares whilst preventing further illegal activities in the protected areas.
The DSWT is privileged to work with the KWS in safeguarding the Meru ecosystem together with the Tsavo Conservation Area, and especially the rhino sanctuary, and hopes that Safi will have a long and healthy life.