Wildlife Capture Africa is an interactive, practical restraint training course conducted jointly by the Zimbabwe Veterinary Association Wildlife Group, South African Wildlife Veterinary Group, and Wildlife Capture Africa, on an annual basis. Veterinarians and individuals involved in the wildlife industry come from all over the globe to participate in this fantastic course and life experience.
|Participants are graciously accommodated at the Hakamela Camp, which is a custom designed education/conference facility located within the boundaries of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. Comfortable twin lodgings are supplied. Lectures are held in a modern, thatched lecture room, whereas practical demonstrations are held in both the field and the camp garden.|
Wildlife Capture Africa is held every year during the month of February.
The course lasts eight days, including the final examination day.
|Wildlife Capture Africa is a comprehensive course for veterinarians, researchers, and managers involved in wildlife work. The course has been designed to provide a maximum amount of theoretical and practical information over the course of a week. The successful completion of the course and passing the examination indicates that an individual will be armed with sufficient knowledge - but not necessarily experience - to do as professional a job as possible and demonstrate concern for animal welfare.|
This course is geared for a variety of wildlife professionals including both veterinarians and non-veterinarians.
|The course is conducted by Wildlife Capture Africa in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Veterinary Association Wildlife Group, who dedicate themselves to wildlife veterinary medicine. The Zimbabwe Veterinary Association is represents the veterinarians of Zimbabwe and is a respected member of the international veterinary community. The Association holds a biannual conference and publishes the Zimbabwe Veterinary Journal.|
The Wildlife Capture Africa course is comprehensive and addresses many important aspects of the safe and effective chemical and physical restraint of wildlife. Some current lecture topics include:
- Basic physiology
- Legal considerations
- Basic pharmacology
- Immobilising drugs
- Principles of physical & chemical capture & restraint
- Handling of immobilising drugs, safety & first aid
- Species requirements
- Stress & mortality
- Basic weapon handling
- Ballistics and darting systems
- Overview of group capture methods
- Post mortem investigation