Snares are horrible things! Temeza’s owner asked us to help as he cut a snare off him and the wound smelled funny. Poor Temeza had his penis sheath cut through by the snare so his penis essentially had no skin. WCCVC Chinta Dogs has sponsored the surgery to repair his genitals and clean the other (maggot filled) wound caused by this illegal hunting practice. This surgery is happening now so updates will come on his progress post-op.
Students assisted in moving the lions at East London Zoo to their new half of their enclosure this morning. The new enclosure has been built within the standards of keeping predator species and one of our past students, Jessie, suggested that if a gateway was built between the two, the lions could use both sides and have more room as the zoo has no immediate plans for procurement of new predators. This was immediately taken onboard by the zoo and
The poaching crisis has hit close to home so affirmative action has been taken by some farms in the form of dehorning. Our students were able to assist with the dehorning of 2 White Rhino on Friday. South Africa is viewed as the primary custodian of Africa’s rhinos. With 18,796 white rhinos and 1,916 black rhinos as of last estimates at the end of 2010, this represents approximately 93% and 40% of the total white and black rhino populations respectively.
While our vets are the only ones able to legally immobilise the animals we treat, we still give students a chance to observe them at work, ask questions and we also train them in how to use the equipment (such as the dart gun) in safe situations. Using a capture gun/ dart gun/ Tranquilizer gun is a very handy tool used in game capture. With enough practice and precision it is very safe and effective to safely capture the animal
Scud was rescued by Safari4u students and originally named “Muffin.” He was covered in mange and the only surviving member of his litter. Students treated his parasite burden (internal and external) and cleaned up his ears which had stuck together due to the injuries caused by the mange. Once he was better, he was formally adopted by Mark, who lives on the Safari4u property.
Meet the Safari4u pets! Squigs was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal, and given to Alex by her previous owner. Squigs has always been around lots of people and is happiest when someone is throwing the ball for her because “ball is life” to Squigs.
Our final Veterinary Student Course for 2018 has finished! We have had so much fun with this year’s lot and hope to see them again next year. We love to give our students a fun and exciting adventure while learning about wildlife, livestock and small animals.
An odd visitor came to Chintsa yesterday- a lost SubAdult African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus). Students found “him” on the beach but didn’t realise how abnormal it was so on hearing, Alex immediately called her friends at East London Aquarium. The advised collecting him, giving him fluids and keeping him warm.
🍰Happy 4-month birthday to Lala the Nyala 🎈 We were requested to help with a nyala calf who was only 3 weeks old and struggling. The reserve owners saved her from getting kicked by emus on their farm when her mother left her in hiding while she went to forage (it’s a normal behaviour for nyalas with calves up to one month old).