I’m Dr Mathew Mutinda, a wildlife veterinarian in Kenya. With just a Landcruiser, my equipment and lots of optimism, I travel across northern Kenya treating and saving elephants, rhinos, lions and other wildlife injured by poachers and human activ...
I'm Dr. Mathew Mutinda, a Kenya Wildlife Service mobile vet, formerly based out of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (www.lewa.org) in northern Kenya. Working from the back of a Landcruiser, often in the middle of nowhere, I treat wildlife injured from poaching and human-wildlife conflict. In the course of my career, I've carried out hundreds of interventions, including translocations of wildlife to new areas as well as disease research. My job is not without challenges - we aren't always able to save an animal. Luckily, for one terrible story, there are many positive ones. I often get asked about my experiences, so I've decided to do this AMA.
Here are links to some of my interventions:
Treating an elephant with a bullet wound: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf80-rqn0on/
Treating an endangered wild dog caught by a snare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpUjk62M9I4
Removing a metal ring from a giraffe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKBQZSSV7yE
Removing a snare from an elephant calf’s leg: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmgkFZcHBLw/
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