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VETERINARY DEPARTMENT
TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS

Responsibility for the healthcare of Tanzania’s abundant wildlife in 14 national parks comes under the Tanapa Veterinary Laboratory based in the Serengeti Park Headquarters. Though Tanzania’s commitment to preservation is admirable, the country is faced with many challenges as its population continues to rise. Agriculture increasing along park perimeters poses a threat of transmittable diseases from domestic livestock to free ranging wildlife. Monitoring disease trends will be increasingly important to insure the wellbeing of indigenous wildlife species. The veterinary department records deaths, screens kills, conducts post mortem necropsies on corpses, develops a data base, assists on all research immobilizations and inoculates livestock and pets surrounding park perimeters to control disease transmission. I met the chief veterinary officer, Dr. Titus Mlengeya, while on safari in the Serengeti Park in 1999 and was amazed by his overwhelming task and determination to succeed. He was also a fellow student in my 2002 Envirovet Course. Titus and his staff of veterinarians and technicians need basic veterinary supplies, lab equipment, books, computers, and tools to accomplish their tasks. Each year the Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation collects supplies and ships them via a container made available by a missionary group based in the United States. They deliver the supplies to the Tanzania National Park’s home office in Arusha for pick up. In their world a little goes a long way to achieving their goals.



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