Veterinary & Research
Ol Jogi has arguably the most sophisticated veterinary laboratory and clinic in Kenya. Built in 1995, it has further developed into a state of the art facility benefitting wildlife both internally and the larger conservation community. The facility is also available to the Kenya Wildlife Service to use and together with their trained veterinarian teams and some of the world’s wildlife specialists, Ol Jogi participates in educating future generations of wildlife veterinarians.
The veterinary clinic comprises of a fully equipped surgical theatre, modern laboratory, a padded recovery room, separate treatment and examination rooms, a dark room for X-ray development, pre and post treatment holding pens, a kitchen and an extensive library.
The clinic operates 24 / 7 and has all modern necessary equipment to enable our veterinary team to deal with a wide spectrum of required wildlife veterinary care. Ultimately Ol Jogi aims to restore all our wild patients who are injured, orphaned or diseased to full health so that they may be released safely back to their natural habitats. When and where this is not feasible then Ol Jogi continues to care for the animal in its Wildlife Rescue Centre and they become ambassadors of their species in the Conservation Education Program.
In addition to dealing with specific wildlife and livestock issues, the veterinary clinic is also the base used for various local and international research and analysis projects. Current research projects are:
Camera Traps (2010)
100 camera-traps were randomly placed on Ol Jogi. It was to analyse the comparison of wildlife diversity and species density between areas that host livestock versus areas that have not hosted livestock for a significant length of time.
Grevy’s Zebra (Ongoing)
The Grevy’s Zebra research comprises individual photographic identity into an extensive database. It allows for migration monitoring, foal survival and species success in its natural habitat and range. Grevy’s Zebra parasite loads are also being investigated and compared to other populations in Kenya.
Acacia Defences & Nutrition (2010)
To address whether variation in plant defence form across acacias is adaptive or whether it is constrained by evolutionary history. Also views herbivores influence on the nutritional quality or available forage of acacias.
Understanding how hippos affect river and terrestrial ecosystems and how changes in water regimes will influence some of these hippo effects. Also monitoring vegetation change and how hippos change the chemical and nutrient environment of hippo pools within the river.
Small Mammals (Ongoing)
To quantitatively assess changes in plant community that might influence small mammal communities. In addition, obtaining blood, fecal, and ectoparasite samples from every animal, to be further analyzed for disease presence.
Opuntia Stricta & other invasive plants (Ongoing)
The use of bio-control methods to sustainably and economically limit the spread of invasive plant species in Kenya.
Cattle as a tool for land rehabilitation (Ongoing)
Using different management techniques to rehabilitate degraded land and to improve plant biodiversity.
Research into the invading ant species Pheidole megacephala (big-headed ant), which has completely taken over native ant diversity. Specifically to observe their ability to invade and displace native ants where trees are browsed by native herbivores (e.g. on Ol Jogi) versus where browsing herbivores are excluded.
Wild Dogs (Ongoing)
Monitoring migration, survival and productivity of Wild Dogs that frequent Ol Jogi as a part of their respective home ranges.
The importance of vultures in ecosystem health through specialized carcas disposal methods.
Both from a research perspective and as a working veterinary clinic, our veterinarian team has and continues to explore some novel treatment procedures, some of which are now used for wildlife throughout Africa and beyond.