In advance of World Elephant Day on August 12th to honor the work Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has done for elephants in Kenya
The Brady Hunter Foundation has announced a charitable contribution to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to sponsor one of its mobile veterinary units.
According to an organizational release,1 Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) operates 6 fully equipped Mobile Veterinary Units and a rapid response Sky Vet initiative, spearheaded by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinarians. This helps address wildlife emergencies in Kenya with patients including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions, and countless other species. The mobile veterinary units operate in critical conservation areas in the country offering rapid veterinary response to different incidents, including snares, arrows laced with poison, territorial fight injuries, and disease outbreaks that can be deadly.1
"We strongly believe in the importance of providing veterinary attention to wildlife in need, and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has demonstrated an exceptional level of dedication in their efforts to treat injured and ill animals," expressed Josh Fox, founder of The Brady Hunter Foundation.1 "The positive outcomes facilitated by our donation will bring immense satisfaction to our foundation and its supporters. We are honored to be a part of the success of this program and to support the incredible work being done by the teams in the Rift Valley."
The SWT/KWS teams of mobile veterinary units and sky vets have attended to 3,379 elephant cases.1 They care for treat elephants of all ages, and when they can, aim to keep wild families together, so they have best chances of survival and the chance to grow up in the wild alongside their mothers and families.1
Consisting of 6 teams and one sky vet unit, the mobile veterinary units program uses equipped custom-made vehicles, darting hatches, dart guns, equipment shelves, vaccine refrigerators, and operating tables. Each team is led by a KWS veterinarian and includes KWS capture rangers and a Sheldrick Wildlife Trust driver. As a symbol of The Brady Hunter Foundation's logo will be proudly depicted on the sponsored vehicle operating within the Rift Valley.
"Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is deeply grateful for the support from The Brady Hunter Foundation," said Melissa Sciacca, executive director of Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA.1 "Every year, SWT/KWS Mobile Veterinary Units save thousands of wild lives across Kenya. By sponsoring a team in one of the country's most diverse ecosystems, The Brady Hunter Foundation will significantly aid our efforts in treating sick and injured animals. This partnership will make a meaningful impact on our shared mission to preserve and protect wildlife and secure a sustainable future for all creatures."
The Brady Hunter Foundation partners with Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to sponsor a mobile veterinary Unit. News release. The Brady Hunter Foundation. News release. August 11, 2023. Accessed August 11, 2023. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-brady-hunter-foundation-partners-with-sheldrick-wildlife-trust-to-sponsor-a-mobile-veterinary-unit-301898921.html