Vaccination Follow-up (March 21, 2011 - and ongoing)
With the assistance of kind donors and friends at Facebook Causes, Crowdrise.com and an emergency grant from Disney, we have begun a mass vaccination of domestic dogs for canine distemper. This vaccination project will help prevent the spread of canine distemper over to the local wildlife, such as lions, leopards, hyenas, jackals, African painted (wild) dogs, etc.
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Vaccination Of Dogs In Kasane, January 30, 2011
I have seen 3 cases of Canine Distemper Virus in last few weeks. I am desperately seeking funds to purchase vaccines to execute vaccination program. Time is of the essence to not have a repeat of last years catastrophic events were not only over 100 dogs died but I suspect the virus infected the wildlife predator population severely depleting their numbers
December 2010 - Dr. Clay Wilson back in Kasane
Nice to arrive back home. While in USA I applied for nonprofit status and should have it in new year.
While I was away Wildlife department implemented various projects I had suggested, Most importantly due to the rash of poaching incidents and after my article published in the Botswana Air magazine, ANTI POACHING PATROLS WERE TRIPLED ALL OVER THE COUNTY.
I had a very positive response from the president apologizing for not being able to meet with me in October to discuss UAV but will do so in the new year. Not back 10 minutes before the wildlife and domestic veterinary calls started. Just another day in paradise. Good to be home and never a dull moment.
UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)
These automatic drones will be equipped with an Infrared Camera that will detect a human heat signature in the bush night or day. Extremely expensive and high tech equipment will find poachers on a pre-programmed area patrol and we will be able to respond with effective anti poaching units to stop this scourge on Africa
The population of lions on the Chobe waterfront has been radically reduced. At this time of year when its dry all animals have to come to water and drink. There should be 3 or 4 prides ruling the area. No prides are seen and only a few lions that are not territorial are around.
I plan to Satellite collar them and do full blood work up and disease testing to find out why they have disappeared. I believe they may have succumbed to Canine Distemper Virus of which we had a outbreak in January.We may have to reintroduce them after the research is completed.