The Medivet veterinary partnership announces a major campaign to support the rhino. Joining forces with ex-colleague Dr William Fowlds – whose work with injured rhino was featured on the BBC’s Operation Wild – and pioneering wildlife charity The Wilderness Foundation, Medivet will be raising money to help anti-poaching efforts in South Africa.
“We’ve reached a crisis in the future of rhino, but the good news is that there are things we can do here in the UK to help prevent their extinction,” explains Medivet partner John Smithers, who is leading the rhino campaign for Medivet. “We’ve already sent out an iPad for Will to use with a drone to track injured rhino, as well as funds which have enabled vets based at the University of Pretoria’s veterinary school to acquire a field-based digital X-ray machine, used to help treat survivors,” he says.
“Through a combination of cost-effective technology and expertise on the ground, Will and the Wilderness Foundation are making a difference,” says Mr Smithers, “but rhino face a genuine emergency and they need our support more than ever. Over the next few years our staff and customers will be helping to pay for further vital anti-poaching equipment, training tracker dogs, as well as supporting the vets who work with rhino that survive these horrifying attacks,” he concludes.
Medivet Senior Partner John Smithers, Dr William Fowlds and Dr Andrew Muir of the Wilderness Foundation