Jacqueline Deely wrote -
Chobe Wildlife Rescue Botswana is a wildlife rescue organization in Botswana led by an extraordinary individual who had dedicated his life and all his resources to saving wildlife in Chobe, Botswana. I learned about Dr. Clay Wilson's quest via facebook and it touched me deeply.
I really want to help in some way as he is he is currently in desperate need of funds to pay for medication that will treat a deadly outbreak of canine distemper that is devastating local wildlife.
****March 8th, 2011 update from Kasane***
Today, March 8, 2011 is the first day that we were vaccinating the community (village) dogs in Kasane and Kazangula, Botswana. Clay’s group (Kasane) alone vaccinated over 180 dogs in 4 hours.
We have 3 more days of vaccinations in different locations since most of the villagers do not have transportation. Clay organized that Veterinary Services, The Department of Wildlife and Parks Services and a few of our friends all help in the vaccination of community (village dogs). Clay was able to procure funding so there was no cost to the people that brought their dogs to get vaccinated against Distemper, Parvo, Rabies and worms.
Here is more in his own words "A CALL TO ACTION. Distemper in dogs raises its ugly head again. Last year we had an outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus in domesticated and feral dogs of Kasane, Botswana. In 4 years of service to the community, I had not seen one case of this explosively deadly disease. I negotiated with relevant authorities for 9 weeks to try and get some support to vaccinate dogs.
The main issue for me was that this is extremely contagious to the wildlife predator population. Lions, Cape (painted) Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Jackals and Leopards are susceptible to this virus. In the interim during the negotiation, 3 cases in infection resulted in over 100 dogs that were affected and died. These corpses were thrown into the bush where hyenas scavenge every night. They subsequentially got infected and took the virus to lions and other predators. Since sick animals go off to die. It’s almost impossible to prove, as no carcasses were ever found or looked for.
Kasane is a unique ecosystem in that here we live in direct contact with wildlife. There are no fences or boundaries to separate us. It of course causes a lot of human wildlife conflict, but not a subject for this current concern. A fact is that this last past dry winter when the ONLY water source is the Chobe River and ALL animals have to come daily to drink, the predators live by the river. Prey at this time is easy to catch and there is no reason for the lions and other predators to leave the waterfront. For the first time in over 30 years I have been visiting Chobe, there were 4 months where no Lions were seen at waterfront. To my mind, the only reason for that was they died of distemper."
Dr Wilson needs an additional $4000 to cover the exhorbitant cost of purchasing 1000 doses of vacine. Please help to prevent further suffering and spread of this horrible disease by donating whatever you can. Any amount will help! You can learn more by visiting his website at: http://chobewildliferescue.org/
Read more about his amazing story at: http://chobewildliferescue.org/sites/chobewildliferescue.org/files/clay.pdf
Donations are being graciously collected by the National Wildlife Humane Society. Like numerous other wildlife organizations they help in remote wild places, NWHS will pass all donations on to Chobe Wildlife's vital work in Botswana.