Lots of Potential: Chobe Wildlife Rescue

I’m getting closer to being able to run the site on a regular basis, but wanted to pass along a link to a guy working really hard and needing some help.

here is the link: Chobe Wildlife Rescue

And here is the back story of Dr. Clay Wilson:

Dr. Clay Wilson

There is nothing more satisfying than darting a magnificent animal like an elephant that is ill in most instances its a snare around their legs. Treating it and waking it up so that it will live to see another wonderful day in the paradise of Chobe.

I traded the high pace Ratrace of private veterinary practice in Florida 3 years ago for the peace and tranquility of the african bush. I volounter my services to the national parks and have healed and alleviated pain and suffering in hundreds of different wild animlas in the last 3 years. Recently myself and my girlfriend singlehandedly vaccinated 650 domesticated dogs in this small community in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus into the wildlife predator population. We have been sucesfull. Every day is a new adventure never a dull moment.

Conservation, preservation and mercy is our passion

I’m Dr Clay Wilson. I was born in South Africa and at 2 years old we immigrated to Mexico was I spent the next 12 years. I spoke Spanish as a first language. We returned to RSA at 13 and later graduated from Sandton High School. After a short military stint, I was accepted in college in USA and I graduated from University of Florida with a BSC in Zoology in 1979. After a year’s break was I worked as a game warden In Sabi Sabi, I went to veterinary school at Onderstepoort Pretoria graduating in 1987. I married an Afrikaans girl and we moved to USA were I established and owned a large veterinary clinic in Cortez Florida for 17 years. I managed 20 staff members and volunteered my services to local wildlife rescue organizations. I was considered a specialist in Orthopedics, small animal medicine and exotics. I reached the top of my field and had no longer a challenge and got bored, so I  sold the practice after one day on the market, moved to Chobe and it has take me 4 years to get in with Department of Wildlife and Parks on a volunteer basis. I have an official contract with them and they made me and Honourary Game Warden. The head of the department complimented me a few days ago saying” I was the most active warden in the park.” I speak with an American accent but I am as African as the soil. I taught myself to dart and treat wildlife and have saved hundreds of wounded or sick animals. I’m passionate about wildlife. I have expended most of my life’s savings into wildlife treatment… I have no regrets about depleting my recourses because I feel like I used that money to give me the opportunity to learn a rare calling and can now truly call myself a Wildlife Veterinarian. I love the challenge of working on these magnificent animals and consider it a privilege and honor to be able to do so. I have many visions……. of …….opening a research center and consolidating information past and present, finding a cure for Giraffe Papilloma virus, boosting and preserving the population of Sable and Roan antelope using embryo transfers, repopulating Zimbabwe’s depleted wildlife population, introducing modern technology to monitor and eradicate poaching using UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), finding out what has happened to the depleted Lion population, reintroducing and monitoring Rhinoceros…… among a few.

But for now it’s day by day, animal to animal, drama to drama. Africa is harsh and at the same time beautiful. My heart soars at the healing of an elephant and can just as easily sink when I can’t treat and have to curtail suffering. Just another day in paradise.

Your help and donations will go directly into purchasing supplies to continue my daily healing. Tranquilized Darts, anesthetic agents. Antibiotics and pain medication, cardiac monitors, syringes and needles, fuel, maintenance of vehicles cost big money here I the isolation of Kasane Botswana

Chobe is in my opinion  the most important ecosystem in the world. It is unique in that we have half the population of elephants of the entire world. That is over 160 000 individuals. It is also the highest concentration of varied wildlife in the world. Because 0f its biodiversity it need special attention and protection which I have pledged the rest of my life to pursue.

Unfortunately this is a small town and there are not enough privately owned pets to support me as a veterinarian. The government does not seem to have funds to assist me. Local societies just don’t seem to care. The only source of income would be in tourism but I am unlicensed at the moment to be able to take tours. In any case I should be out in the bush healing animals and doing research instead of spending hours on the internet seeking funding

At 50 years old I changed the direction of my life to pursue a new passion for wildlife conservation here in Chobe. I was making a million dollars in small animal practice a year and sold out to realize my dream. That money went very quickly and I would never think I would be in a situation that I had to ask for donations to keep going. It’s quite a humbling experience.

I am attempting to get a sponsor to fund my larger projects but this is very difficult and time consuming.

My Girlfriend Laura is always next to me with a smile and a loving helping hand.

As individuals we have and will continue to make a difference in wildlife conservation and hope to leave a legacy behind for future generations to be able to enjoy this magnificent ecosystem.

We urge you to MAKE A DONATION AT THIS LINK

11 comments for “Lots of Potential: Chobe Wildlife Rescue

  1. September 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hi Buddy,

    Great to see you back and posting again :-)…

    Thanks for the link, its great what Clay is doing…, its only after giving it much deeper thought and reading through his website that i got to really appreciate his work. He is making it possible for us (and the many generations to come)…to keep enjoying the beauty that Botswana wilderness has to offer…

    That in my humble opinion is GREAT WORK…

    zina

  2. September 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hi Buddy,

    Great to see you back and posting again :-)…

    Thanks for the link, its great what Clay is doing…, its only after giving it much deeper thought and reading through his website that i got to really appreciate his work. He is making it possible for us (and the many generations to come)…to keep enjoying the beauty that Botswana wilderness has to offer…

    That in my humble opinion is GREAT WORK…

    zina

  3. Skip Ellis
    November 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Clay – glad to hear you’re doing well on your native soil! It sounds like you’re doing some great work and if I had a million bucks I would send it to you, but, unfortunately, Social Security doesn’t stretch that far. Talked to John Benson a couple weeks ago – he closed his office and is working out of his garage – says he’s busy. You remember Chelsea, the girl I brought out that you interned for awhile? She’s at Desoto Animal Clinic and is Senior Tech – has been there for 10 years or so – apparently you gave her a good start.

    Stay Well.

    Skip Ellis
    Bradenton, FL

  4. Skip Ellis
    November 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Clay – glad to hear you’re doing well on your native soil! It sounds like you’re doing some great work and if I had a million bucks I would send it to you, but, unfortunately, Social Security doesn’t stretch that far. Talked to John Benson a couple weeks ago – he closed his office and is working out of his garage – says he’s busy. You remember Chelsea, the girl I brought out that you interned for awhile? She’s at Desoto Animal Clinic and is Senior Tech – has been there for 10 years or so – apparently you gave her a good start.

    Stay Well.

    Skip Ellis
    Bradenton, FL

  5. Janet Munster
    December 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Hi Clay

    I am Stefan’s wife – your house mate from Onderstepoort days. Please get in touch. We would love to catch up.

    Regards
    Janet

  6. Janet Munster
    December 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Hi Clay

    I am Stefan’s wife – your house mate from Onderstepoort days. Please get in touch. We would love to catch up.

    Regards
    Janet

  7. December 17, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Hi Guys ,Im in Mozambique at the min ,im wanting to join any project if they’d like my help ..I can fly any where in Africa i have a month spare..Keen to hear from any project ,persons that could point me in the right direction ..
    Many Thanks Tony Greenwoods

  8. December 17, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Hi Guys ,Im in Mozambique at the min ,im wanting to join any project if they’d like my help ..I can fly any where in Africa i have a month spare..Keen to hear from any project ,persons that could point me in the right direction ..
    Many Thanks Tony Greenwoods

  9. July 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Hello Skip , janet and tony
    I just discovered this page with my new website
    Please contact me at exodusclay@yahoo.com
    Would love to recconect
    Brgds
    Dr Clay

  10. P. B. Eleazer
    April 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    The story of Dr. Clay Wilson’s efforts have gone a little sideways in the past few months. While I don’t know the details, I know he has halted operations in Kasane for now. Clay is still active on Facebook and I highly recommend you contacting him on the Facebook page to get a first hand update on what he is currently up to.

  11. P. B. Eleazer
    April 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    The story of Dr. Clay Wilson’s efforts have gone a little sideways in the past few months. While I don’t know the details, I know he has halted operations in Kasane for now. Clay is still active on Facebook and I highly recommend you contacting him on the Facebook page to get a first hand update on what he is currently up to.

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