DR DAVE COOPER RETIRES
1 September 2022
At the end of August, African Wildlife Vets founder, Dr Dave Cooper retired from his position as Chief Veterinarian at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Dave dedicated 27 years of his life to this role and the contribution he has made to the conservation of wildlife species and biodiversity is invaluable. Dave’s career as a wildlife veterinarian is far from over, as he will continue working under the auspices of African Wildlife Vets. In the past month, he has already been back in the field assisting with the below black rhino relocation, removing snares off animals and assisting with disease control procedures/ policy.
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ELEPHANT SNARE
21 March 2022
Another elephant was found yesterday with a deep cable snare which was maggot-infested and very infected. The young elephant bull is approximately 5 to 6 years of age. The team managed to remove the cable, treat the wound and release him back into the wild.
Animals getting caught in snares has increased exponentially over the past few years and months
HERITAGE DAY 2021
24 September 2021
Our wildlife is our heritage. Let’s protect it together.
DR. PETE GOODMAN WINS AWARD AT SAWMA
We are incredibly proud of African Wildlife Vets founder Dr. Pete Goodman who received an award at the annual SAWMA conference. Pete received an award for his significant contribution to the field of wildlife management and research in Southern Africa.
TREATING AN INJURED RHINO
7th September 2021
FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE TESTING
African Wildlife Vets recently assisted Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife test a number of buffalo in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) . The current outbreak of FMD is having a significant impact on the conservation of biodiversity in Northern KZN which has largely been free of the disease for many years.
THE CAPTURE OF A WILD DOG
Dr Rowan Leeming shares an intriguing encounter of capturing a wild dog that had left the boundaries of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.
THE RELOCATION OF CHEETAH MALES
18 March 2021
Two male cheetahs were relocated from Roam Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape Province to the uMkhuze section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park recently. The two impressively large animals will contribute to the genetic diversity of uMkhuze’s cheetah population.
RHINO ORPHAN RESCUE
04 February 2021
Alongside tragedy, comes a group of conservation heroes. In a rapid response operation, the Ezemvelo Game Capture Unit was recently involved in the safe retrieval of an orphan white rhino calf. Like many of the orphans, this one too, has lost its mother to poaching and was found wandering in a remote section of a protected area.
5 RHINO ORPHANS RELEASED INTO THE WILD
5 white rhino orphans were released back into the wild recently. They were orphaned as a direct result of poaching. Their mothers were brutally killed for their horns. The calves survival can be largely attributed to the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) Game Capture team who rescued them, cared for them and then relocated them and released them into the wild.