In short, this will involve the supply and then conversion of a standard, new Toyota Land Cruiser single cabin pickup into a quite highly modified machine, that will be dedicated to wildlife welfare in and around Murchison Falls. The modifications are intended to make it more suitable for the challenging off-road conditions that the vet function in Murch invariably faces, and to offer some unique, specialist attributes needed by the vets in the course of their duties. As we have stated here more than once before, injured or trapped animals needing help are rarely found on the roadside, so the vet and law enforcement functions have to be able to get to them, through the most challenging of environments, whilst carrying everything they need.
The archive photo seen here is of the old vet vehicle, already fully rebuilt twice now by UCF for UWA; with 650,000kms already on the odometer (and that is from when it stopped working a while back!) it has clearly come to the end of its useful life. Watch us take delivery of, and then modify, the new donated unit over the course of the next few months.
Whether you are interested in conservation in Murchison in broad terms, in its specific wildlife, or for the technically-minded amongst you maybe the construction of a unique piece of equipment that supports these field activities too, we will have regular updates going forwards that should contain something of interest to everyone.
We again welcome the Olsen Animal Trust to Uganda and very much look forwards to working with them, now and into the future, as we all continue to support Uganda Wildlife Authority.