Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has a mobile vet team that helps animals all across northern Kenya. This Earth Month, when you start a Bring Back the Wild campaign you’ll also be supporting Lewa’s programs like their mobile vet clinic.
The mobile vet team is led by Lewa’s resident veterinarian, Dr. Matthew Mutinda. The vet team is armed with a lot of compassion for animals and a Land Cruiser that is filled with all of the medical supplies they need. Dr. Mutinda and his team spend their time helping injured animals as well as assisting with the tracking and translocation (or moving) of wildlife.
Animals on the Move
What do you do if you spot a leopard cub wandering into your backyard? You call in the experts, and that’s exactly what a community in northern Kenya did when lion and leopard cubs were spotted in the area. Wild cats in your backyard may sound cute, but it is very dangerous for both the community and the animals. The community called in Dr. Mutinda and his team and they safely moved the young cubs back to a protected area away from people.
The vet team also helps animals pack up and move in non-emergency situations. These translocations take a lot of planning, as moving big animals, like elephants and rhinos, is really complicated. Currently, the team is planning on moving a few rhinos from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to the Sera Community Conservancy. This new protected area will be the first community led rhino sanctuary in Africa.
Call the Doctor
The vet team was called in after a female elephant had fallen off of a ridge. Rangers at Lewa and the vet team attended to the injured elephant so that she could recover from her injuries. The mobile vet clinic is really important for endangered species. When there are only a few members of a species left, saving any of the injured or sick is critical for the survival of that animal population.
The team also fits GPS-GSM collars on animals like elephants, lions, Grevy’s zebras and cheetahs. The staff at Lewa uses the collars to monitor animal populations. The collars send signals back to the staff, which allows them to collect really important information about the animal’s migration patterns, preferred habitat and alerts them if the animal needs help from Lewa’s vets or rangers.