Wildlife Veterinarian

How Dr. Sichande came to Mfuwe…

It was 2012 and 16 safari guests were traveling with us to the Mfuwe Lodge to check safari off their bucket lists and attend an exhilarating Yoga Safari.  A few days into our travels, we saw a young bull elephant standing close to the road apprehensively…as we drove a little closer we saw that he had a snare wire wrapped tightly around the middle of his trunk. The illegal snare wire was more than likely meant to snare an antelope and then be sold in the illegal bushmeat market, but more often than not, indiscriminate snare wires catch elephants, lions, endangered wild dogs, giraffes, and other local animals.

Our safari guide reported the injured elephant and requested assistance, but unfortunately, there wasn’t anyone qualified in the area to tranquilize and then treat his injuries. This young bull elephant suffered in and out of our camp and within a few days died of suffocation.

Our guests who witnessed this tragic event wanted to prevent this from happening again and a few months later, Rachel McRobb, the CEO of Conservation South Luangwa worked with us and found an outstanding veterinarian in Lusaka, 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, 6 years later, is now an honored wildlife veterinarian in Zambia and between hands-on training that you can only learn in the bush and specialized professional training in surrounding countries, he is a leading expert and one of the few full-time wildlife veterinarians in the Country. Dr. Mwamba Sichande, is fully employed by Conservation South Luangwa and Zambian Carnivore Programme.

The role of wildlife veterinarian is a critical position in an area of Zambia teeming with iconic wildlife. In addition to treating wild animals, he also vaccinates, spays, and neuters local domestic animals, mentors students of veterinary medicine and monitors and treats Conservation South Luangwa’s Delta Dog Detection Team.

Thank you to Dazzle Africa caring donors for 2018 funding.  If you would like to help fund medical supplies or further training for 2018-2019, please consider making a donation today. You can also travel with us on safari and witness his outstanding commitment to wildlife. Your donation makes a tangible difference: GIVE TODAY