Projects Support

Wildlife needs well trained professionals that understand nature, those prepared to bring ultimate and practical solutions.

Veterinary capacity building

Fulfilling the gap in wildlife veterinary capacity, both lack of personnel and facilities. Creating opportunities into wildlife medicine.

Research & Wildlife population health

Developing the infrastructure to protect the health of the wildlife population.

Rescue centres / Wildlife vet Clinics

Supplying reputable rescue centres with quality veterinary equipment and professional support. 

Endangered species

Supporting projects focused on endangered species.

Community education

Working together with adults and children in local communities to provide powerful conservation tools.

Projects by country

DRC

Ethiopia

Gabon

Nepal

Tanzania

Colombia

DRC: Chimpanzee rescue centre

Rescue centers/Wildlife vet clinics

Chimpanzee rescue center at the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) This chimpanzee rescue centre was founded 12 years ago as a self-funded NGO in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Today it is hosting 35 young chimpanzees aged between 5 and 15 years old, all of them resulting from the bushmeat trade and the exotic animal pet trade. Led by Franck and Roxane Chantereau who are working near local authorities, this initiative has already put an end to ape trafficking in the South of the DRC. This sanctuary is a member of PASA (Pan African Sanctuary Alliance) since 2010.
Budget required

New equipment cost:

  • New equipment 70 750€
  • Annual drug supply and expert visit: 3000€

Second-hand

Second-hand equipment will be greatly appreciated, always if it is in well status, if comply with the import/export requirements and if suitable for a chimpanzee veterinary clinic.

* Project specifications can be provided under enquiry. 

Where we are working at

Rescue centre / Wildlife vet Clinic

WCMF is coordinating and equipping the new built veterinary clinic at this reputable chimpanzee rescue centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with reliable and suitable medical equipment and necessary drugs supply where veterinarians could do day to day clinical work with accuracy and in a professional environment.

To ensure the health of their chimpanzees and following standard operating procedures recommended by PASA and veterinarians, all the orphans must go through annual health check. This medical procedure takes place between the resident vet and other specialists that flight to the DRC, especially for this occasion. This 2019 the health check will take place in October.

The building consists of a small nursery, the theatre, the pharmacy, the laboratory, the necropsy room and the isolation quarters for the chimpanzees. They are privileged to have a well trained permanent local veterinarian dedicated to the welfare and health of the chimpanzees. However, the medical equipment is costly, the access to medical and anaesthetic drugs in DRC is limited, and the logistics to import the right items are not accessible. Here is WCMF can contribute to their inputs.

WCMF encourage field professionals on data collection and research publication when medical cases or significant finding occur intending to contribute with the global efforts on chimpanzee health care, medicine and welfare.

What's needed

A well-stabilised clinic will contribute significantly daily and during the annual health check of the resident chimpanzees but as well when emergencies occur, or new orphans are rescued.

WCMF is currently looking for the following equipment and medical and anaesthetics drugs*.

  1. Haematology & Biochemistry machines
  2. URGENT REQUIREMENT: Anaesthesia machine with oxygen and the monitor system is a mayor priory.
  3. A Digital and portable Xray machine
  4. Blow Pipe and darts
  5. The annual supply of anaesthesia, analgesia and treatment drugs.

Equipment characteristics are based on the most reliable for chimpanzees medicine and considering machine maintenance and service in the DRC.

* Project specifications can be provided under enquiry.

Project collaborations

Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K.– young animals confiscated in Katanga) is an independent, self funded NGO that started in Lubumbashi, DRC, in April 2006. J.A.C.K. is a Sanctuary for confiscated chimpanzees

Ethiopia

Veterinary capacity building

RESEARCH & WILDLIFE POPULATION HEALTH

Ethiopia is endowed with diversified species of wildlife inhabiting diversified ecosystems in and out of protected areas. The ever-increasing human population and livestock number living with or around the wildlife is now increasingly creating a favourable condition for the emergence and re-emergence of diseases and disease transmissions in these populations. To mitigate these problems, provide deliverable veterinary services in the wildlife conservation sector, and to facilitate data sharing between human and livestock health sectors Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) should have a well organised, trained and equipped veterinary staff. This team could proactively respond to the emergence of wildlife health problems and provide veterinary services to the wildlife conservation sector in the country.
Budgets requirements

Training programme

  • 10 800€ first year.
  • 2000€/annum following five years

Veterinary equipment

  • Veterinary reagents and drugs: 1513€ per annum
  • Veterinary field equipment : 23 948€ once off

Budget Laboratory Facilities

  • Infectious diseases laboratory and Research equipment: 64 750 € once off
  • Annual maintenance fee 5000 €
  • Further project details will be provided following requirements.
Where we are working

Veterinary capacity building

At present, there are three veterinary staff at EWCA headquarter. The team needs to be provided with the relevant training in wildlife capture, drug administration to wildlife, habitat monitoring, laboratory processing and handling and wildlife disease and surveillance. These are expected to be the main components in the training a wildlife veterinarian working in the wildlife conservation sector should be provided with to improve wildlife disease diagnostic capacity and deliver enhanced veterinary services in the wildlife conservation efforts. We suggest that the training is better to be conducted in an African country like Kenya, Tanzania or South Africa where there are well-experienced in wildlife conservation and delivering veterinary services.

Research & wildlife health populations

As part of the initial step next to providing training to the wildlife veterinarians at EWCA to strengthen the capacity of the veterinary services, development of laboratory capacity is crucial. This helps enhance disease surveillance, monitoring, prevention and control and also reinforce and operationalise inter-sectoral (livestock-Human health sectors) outbreak response capacity.

What's needed

VETERINARY CAPACTY BUIDING

  1. IN-SITU TRAINING

Annual training in Ethiopia by international experts. Understanding the reality in the field are the bases to establish successful and reliable projects.

      • Discussions on the approach to diseases surveillance and disease control plans at the wildlife-livestock-human interface. 
      • Hands-on laboratory training 

B. EX-SITU TRAINING

Abroad training in South Africa: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation program scholarship. Exposure to techniques and work methodology in South Africa. A country of reference on wildlife management and wildlife medicine. A ten days intense practical and theoretical program in wildlife medicine, conservation,  management. Emphasis will be taken to capture drugs and techniques, diseases surveillance and challenges at the wildlife-livestock-human interface. 

Research & Wildlife health populations 

LABORATORIES FACILITES

At this stage, we believe that EWCA can and should establish a minor laboratory facility at Addis Ababa. This laboratory should be a building of six rooms, (Parasitology lab room, Bacteriology lab room, office, Reagent and equipment store, Cleaning room and bath/shower room).

The laboratory should be a well-ventilated, well-sized and supplied with electric power and water supplies. To drain used/contaminated water, a septic tank should be constructed underground nearby the lab.

List of the laboratory equipment, reagents and drugs needed for the work with estimated costs facilitated following requirements.

Team leaders

Team leaders – Veterinary Capacity Building

Girma Ayalew

  • Ethiopian
  • Diploma in Animal Health.BSc, in Veterinary Laboratory Technology. MSc in Tropical and Infectious Diseases
  • Wildlife Veterinary and Research senior Expert, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, Awash NP,

Abebayehu Moges

  • Ethiopian
  • BVSc. Degree in Veterinary Sciences
  • Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, wildlife and their Habitats Research Directorate.

Hamere Melaku

  • Ethiopian
  • DVM. Doctor in Veterinary Sciences
  • Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, wildlife and their Habitats Research Directorate.

Demelash Biffa Areda

  • Ethiopian
  • DVM (Ethiopia). Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (University of California, Davis, USA). PhD (Veterinary Epidemiology) (Norway). Postdoc-Immunology (University of Arizona, Tucson, USA)
  • WCMF associated

Gabon

Veterinary capacity building

RESEARCH & WILDLIFE POPULATION HEALTH

The Gabonese wildlife conservation efforts, in general, have achieved lots of successes in the last years, wildlife protected areas have been increasing in number and wildlife conservation efforts has enhanced with the support of relevant legal recognition. Currently, conservation medicine is not a well-known field in Gabon, but it is especially relevant in today’s human has modified landscapes, where habitat destruction and degradation and episodes of human and wildlife conflicts are increasing. It is necessary to develop this field following the characteristics of Gabon, taking into account such things like the Gabonese perspectives of nature and Gabonese people’s relationship with wildlife. Because veterinarians are considered leaders in conservation medicine due to their skills and knowledge which will help anticipate, prevent, and overcome the anthropogenic effects on ecosystems and wildlife. In Gabon, there is a strong need for training veterinarians on wildlife conservation and protected area management; management of free-ranging wildlife; management and rehabilitation of captive wildlife.

Budgets requirements

Veterinary Capacity building

• In-situ training: 5 000€ /per annum

• Ex-situ training: 3500€
   Deadline: December 2019

Research & Wildlife Population health

• 15 000€ per annum

Research Project duration 5 years

Where we are working

Veterinary capacity building

Dr Patrice Makouloutou Nzassi, veterinarian and researcher at IRET (Research Institute of Tropical Ecology, Gabon. OIE National Point for Wildlife) He has proven to WCMF his leadership skills. He is committed to improving his wildlife conservation medicine knowledge. Together with the rest of local authorities, they are committed to bringing his home country to the international standers needed to the protection of the species and its environment in Gabon.

RESEARCH & WILDLIFE POPULATION HEALTH

MONITORING PATHOGEN SPILLOVER INTO HABITUATED GORILLAS OF THE MOUKALABA-DOUDOU NP, GABON (MOPASPIG)

Many human pathogens can infect great apes, possibly causing individual death and threatening whole communities or populations. Infectious diseases are now listed among the top three threats to some Great Ape taxa, along with habitat loss and poaching. Habituating great apes is an increasingly popular strategy to not only improve the conservation status of these (critically) endangered non-human primates (IUCN 2011) but also to increase the economic value of national parks through tourism. However, it is a high investment strategy with the risk of pathogen spillover from humans to great apes. Therefore, studying diseases of wild Great Apes allows for the discovery of pathogens of importance for human health, with great apes ultimately serving as sentinels for infectious diseases and disease outbreaks (Calvignac-Spencer et al. 2012). Investigating disease in wild Great Apes is also important from another point of view: Since diseases have been shown to be a major threat to wild great apes, data on diseases in these animals are important for conservation initiatives for these threatened populations (Calvignac-Spencer et al. 2013; Gillepsie et al. 2008). Lastly, such studies will bring information on the microbial context in which our own species evolved (Calvignac-Spencer et al. 2012).

Research objectives

  1. To investigate pathogens causing disease in wild Great Apes and other wildlife and determine the risk of transmission to humans
  2. To identify pathogens which may be of human origins and have found a secondary reservoir in Great Ape populations
  3. To investigate the range of human microorganisms spreading to great apes and affecting populations negatively
  4. To establish health monitoring of habituated gorillas in the Moukalaba-Doudou NP (MDNP)
  5. To identify vectors ensuring apes malaria parasite transmission and vectors able to bridge them between ape and human compartments

What's needed

Collaborations and partnership with international Universities. We require experts on gorillas diseases under the framework of One Health – Conservation medicine. Minimum invasive methods are one of our priorities.

In-situ training

Training in Gabon by international experts. Experts on wildlife health population and wildlife veterinary medicine will travel annually to Gabon for a short course.

Ex-situ training

Dr Makouloutou determination is remarkable; however, his skills are limited to the training opportunities in Gabon. Therefore, training on wildlife medicine abroad, is a wish and a requirement to become the wildlife veterinarian he and his country deserves.

Further project details will be provided following requirements.

Research leaders
Leaders for Research & Wildlife health populations project:
  • Dr Patrice Makouloutou Nzassi, IRET-CENAREST
  • Dr Boris-Kevin Makanga, IRET-CENAREST
  • Dr Chimène Nze Nkogue, IRET-CENAREST
  • Dr Paul Yannick Bitome Essono, IRET-CENAREST
  • Dr Alfred Ngomanda, IRET-CENAREST
  • Dr Fabiola Quesada, WCMF
Project collaborations

MoU: Research Institute of Tropical Ecology (IRET). OIE National Point for Wildlife

Nepal

Veterinary capacity building

WMCF is committed with passioned local veterinarians that want to become wildlife veterinarians to contribute to its conservation. However, since the system and universities in most countries do not offer wildlife medicine curriculum, we are slowly creating the infrastructure where this needed professional can find their way to protect the wild fauna. Please help us to help them. 

Here words from a local veterinarian leader that needs the soupier to become the hero wildlife needs on his country. 

Motivation letter: 23 May 2019

Wildlife Tourism is significant tourism in my country, Nepal. It has been known as a biodiversity hotspot due to different climatic conditions, varying from tropical to arctic regions. There are more than 185 species of mammals found within Nepal including the Bengal tiger, Bengal fox, clouded leopard, Indian rhinoceros, Indian elephant, marbled cat, red panda, snow leopard and Tibetan wolf. Wild Animals have intrinsic value and are connected with the health of domestic as well as human and wellbeing. I also believe that the promotion of a healthy ecosystem that sustains wildlife as a social responsibility; locally and globally. 

Budgets requirements
  • In-situ training: 7000€ 
  • Ex-situ training: 3500€
Where we are working

Veterinary capacity building

For a country like Nepal, the need for veterinary expertise to address wildlife health and ecosystem dysfunction is exemplified by the accelerating declines and unprecedented extinctions of animal species, growing incidence of wildlife and zoonotic disease. 

I believe that a new paradigm for veterinary education and expertise is utmost to form a co-equal collaboration by veterinarians, conservation biologist, ecologist and other scientific and health-related disciplines. 

I believe in exploring the boundaries of my performance and increasing my competency through your renowned institution. I also think that your institution can be a platform for the innovative learning experience, research and exposure. My energies will be renewed, and ideas are revitalised to gain knowledge, skills, qualification and interest in this sector with my particular Interest. 

What's needed

In-situ training:

Training in Nepal by international experts. Annual experts on wildlife health population and wildlife veterinary medicine will travel annually for a short course for knowledge exchange with local professionals.

 

Ex-situ training:

Together to the local knowledge, learning about conservation medicine in countries where wildlife veterinary practices are well stabilised is an advance. And will contribute to improving Nepal conservation efforts.

Research leaders

Veterinary Capacity Building – Research leader:

  • Dr Ghanashyam Dahal. B.V.Sc & A.H. IAAS. 24 Years old.

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