Veterinary Units

Alleviating the suffering of injured wild animals on an unprecedented scale

We operate six fully equipped Mobile Veterinary Units and a rapid response Sky Vets initiative headed by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) vets to alleviate the suffering of injured wild animals across Kenya.

We respond to all manner of wildlife emergencies from snares, spears, arrow and gunshot wounds, to injuries caused through human-wildlife conflict. Working in diverse habitats, our patients include injured and distressed elephants, rhinos, giraffe, zebra, lions and countless other species.

3,106

Elephant cases

5,747

Other wild animal cases

8,853

Total veterinary cases attended

3 Rapid Response Helicopters

6 Mobile Veterinary Units

1 Sky Vets

Our Veterinary Units operate in critical conservation areas throughout Kenya, treating a diverse range of animals including threatened and endangered species. Able to mount a rapid response to come to the aid of any distressed, injured or sick wild animal in need.

All our Veterinary Units are all fully equipped with custom-made vehicles, darting hatches and dart gun, equipment shelves, vaccine refrigerator, operating table and all the necessary medicines and equipment required for rapid and effective veterinary response to any case. Each team is led by a KWS veterinarian and includes KWS capture rangers and a Sheldrick Wildlife Trust driver.

Latest Veterinary Unit Updates

Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit Report for February 2022

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Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit Report for February 2022

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Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit Report for February 2022

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Mount Kenya Mobile Veterinary Unit Report for February 2022

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Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit Report for February 2022

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SWT/KWS Quarterly Mobile Vet Report October to December 2021

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Types of incidents attended by the Vet Units

  • Snares, which are traps often made out of metal wire, nylon or vegetable fibres, are indiscriminate and can cause severe injuries, suffering and pain to trapped animals.
  • Arrows, laced with poison, are used by poachers and can cause prolonged suffering, sepsis and ultimately, death.
  • Spears can cause deep wounds which can become infected, leading to sepsis.
  • Territorial fight injuries can cause lameness, affecting an animal’s ability to feed and hunt.
  • Disease outbreak, which can spread rapidly and be fatal to populations of wild species.


Areas we cover in Kenya

Tsavo Vet Unit
Mara Vet Unit
Meru Vet Unit
Amboseli Vet Unit
Mount Kenya Vet Unit
Rift Valley Vet Unit
Sky Vets
Name of Unit
Tsavo Vet Unit
Unit Leader
Operational Details
Funded by Vier Pfoten, this unit operates in the Greater Tsavo Conservation Area, as well as the Chyulu Hills National Park and the Shimba Hills National Reserve.
Began Operations
November 2003
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Dr Campaign Limo

Dr Campaign Limo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine. After heading the SWT/KWS Mara Mobile Vet Unit for eight years, he took the helm of the Tsavo Mobile Vet Unit in April 2022.

Dr Limo’s passion for wildlife was nurtured during his stint as a private veterinary practitioner. His dream to work with wildlife came true in 2010 when he was employed by the Kenya Wildlife Service as a Veterinary officer based at the KWS HQ in Nairobi. There, he attended to clinical emergencies within the KWS Nairobi Orphanage, Nairobi Safari Walk, Nairobi National Park, and any other cases from the field across the country.

As the leader of the Tsavo Mobile Vet Unit, Dr Limo covers emergency cases within the greater Tsavo ecosystem. He has the support of an able veterinary assistant and two rangers, forming a formidable team to respond to any cases in the field. Dr Limo says, “I enjoy every bit of my work. It is a great privilege to be in a position to alleviate the suffering of our wildlife. I always remain committed to the welfare of animals and strive to the best of my ability to give them comfort and relieve them from any form of suffering.”

When he is off duty, Dr Limo likes listening to country music and watching rugby, football, and cricket. He also enjoys playing badminton.

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