Emergency treatment

Your support for the critical need emergency treatment fund would directly help us assist when an animal needs help, without delay.

We care for our wildlife and mostly they are in excellent health. Should it be necessary, due to drought conditions, we supplement their feed with game pellets.

At times unfortunately, one of the saddest experiences we have is to see an animal suffering from an injury or illness. We then know that we must help it by providing veterinary medical treatment. In these circumstances, we have to call for professional veterinary assistance.

Injured baby wildebeest, being treated by a wildlife vet

It is not only illness or injury in wildlife that calls for a vet.  Should one of our wild animals be caught in a snare, it has to be freed. Should the animal have been luckily enough to break the snare, the wire or cable unfortunately may still remain noosed around its limb or neck and this would urgently have to be removed by having a vet dart it to immobilize it.

A beautiful nyala bull that managed to break free. The noose still remained and had to be removed. He had to be chemically sedated by a vet with a dart gun to have the wire removed from below its horn,

Although there are drugs that can be administered by darting a wild animal from a distance without immobilizing it, for instance with anti-parasite medication, adult wild animals cannot be handled and treated manually without immobilizing them with a darted anesthetic drug.  This is done from a distance with a special dart gun. The dart has to be aimed at a specific place on the animal’s body, to not cause injury  and it must be done by a vet. The dart has a tracking device on it so that the animal can be traced should it run and hide, as it usually does, after it is darted.

It is interesting to see that should a wildebeest be injured and darted, the rest of the herd comes to its “rescue” and has to be kept away. They actually try to remove the dart by biting it off! Animals really do care and have concern for others in their herd.

One thing we can do ourselves without the help of a vet is to “shoot” an animal with a special type of “tick ball” by using a paint ball gun.  Instead of paint the “ball” is filled with a anti tick dip. This is used when an animal needs treatment for tick infestation.

Tick management with a dip tick ball medication inserted into the paint ball gun

At times nature takes her course and an animal that is ill or very old may be taken by a leopard or other predator. That is the way nature works.  But should an animal be suffering, we ourselves are committed to helping it. We seldom euthanize an animal but should this be unavoidable, for instance should the animal suffer an injury or illness that cannot be treated successfully, we would euthanize it to prevent it from suffering.  

Your support for the critical need of an emergency treatment fund would directly help us assist when an animal needs help, without delay.