Supporting Experts in the Field: Our Wildlife Veterinarian
Duration: 2012 – To Date
South Luangwa National Park is teeming with wildlife, yet as the poaching crisis continues, these animals are finding themselves up against it more than ever before. From ivory poaching to illegal snare wires, the animals that survive are often badly injured and require urgent medical care.
Why is this project important?
Dazzle Africa along with its partners are now in their seventh year of funding Dr. Sichande who is a leading expert in his field and one of the few full-time wildlife veterinarians in the country.
His work is crucial for saving wildlife in South Luangwa National Park and the surrounding area through his rescue operations and community-based veterinary work. From de-snaring endangered wildlife to collaring African wild dogs and lions, Dr. Sichande lies at the forefront of wildlife conservation and is saving countless lives – with 150 snared elephants saved to date.
Dr. Sichande’s work also extends to caring for domesticated dogs and cats in the village of Mfuwe and ensuring they remain healthy. In 2018, there was a parvo breakout, but thanks to Dr. Sichande’s presence, the dogs infected with this disease were quickly treated to prevent it from further spreading. Other critical work includes overseeing the health of the detection dog unit to prevent and treat for the deadly virus, trypanosomiasis.
This year, Dazzle Africa also funded Dr. Sichande’s refresher training course in chemical immobilization of wild animals – an essential course taken every five years that teaches new skills and the latest drug combinations. This is vital to ensure that Dr. Sichande remains one of the leaders in his industry and can continue to protect Zambia’s threatened wildlife.
He is also an important mentor for many students aspiring to become wildlife veterinarians, including two of Dazzle Africa’s sponsored students.
Thank you to all of our generous donors for making this possible over the last 7 years and a big thank you to current sponsors, Cathy and Mike Smith for funding Dr. Sichande’s work for 2019 and 2020. To help fund medical supplies or further training for 2018-2019, please Give Today. Your donation is helping us save lives.