Wildlife Veterinarian

How Dr. Sichande came to Mfuwe…

It was 2012 and we had 16 guests travel with us to the Mfuwe Lodge, check safari off their bucket lists and attend an exhilarating Yoga Safari. We were having an incredible time, until during one of our safari drives, we saw a young bull elephant standing close to the road acting apprehensively…as we drove a little closer we saw that he had a snare wire wrapped tightly around his trunk. The illegal snare wire was more than likely meant to snare a buffalo or antelope and then be sold on the illegal bushmeat market, but more often than not, indiscriminate snare wires catch elephants, lions, endangered wild dogs, giraffes, and other local animals.

Our guide reported what had happened and requested help, but unfortunately, help was too far away. This handsome elephant suffered in and out of our camp and died three days later of horrific suffocation.

Our guests who witnessed this tragic event wanted to prevent this from happening again. A few months later, Rachel McRobb, the CEO of Conservation South Luangwa worked with us and found an outstanding veterinarian in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, who was willing to move to Mfuwe and trade in a rather quiet practice of cats and dogs for one with a bit more adventure.

Dr Sichande treating an elephant wounded by snare wire.

Mwamba (Dr. Sichande), 5 years later, is now an old pro…between hands-on training that you can only learn in the bush and specialized professional training in surrounding countries, he is now a leading expert and one of four full-time wildlife veterinarians in the country of Zambia.

Dr. Sichande, is now in his 5th year of employment with Conservation South Luangwa and the Zambian Carnivore Programme and Dazzle Africa has been a proud co-funder, now in our 5th year.

The role of wildlife Veterinarian is a critical position in an area of Zambia teeming with iconic wildlife. Without Dr. Sichande, hundreds of animals would suffer unspeakable deaths. In addition to treating wild animals, he also vaccinates, spays, and neuters local domestic animals.

With our committed donors, we raise a minimum of 12,500.00 dollars per year to keep Dr. Sichande employed. A recurring monthly donation would help significantly, and if you travel with us on safari, you can witness his outstanding commitment to wildlife.  Thank you! Your donation makes a tangible difference: Donate