AU-IBAR in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) conducted an eight-day training for four Ethiopian personnel on wildlife capture and sampling techniques for disease surveillance 26 January-2 February 2010.
Training on wildlife capture and sampling techniques for disease surveillance implemented by African Union's Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources(AU-IBAR) in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) under the auspices of Somalia Ecosystem Rinderpest Eradication Unit (SERECU) II Project with funding from the European Commission (EC).
The activity was aimed at strengthening the capacity of the countries comprising the Somali Ecosystem to undertake disease surveillance in wildlife through training and exposure on wildlife capture and sampling techniques.
Four personnel from Ethiopia (one from Ethiopian Wildlife Authority; two from National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation Centre, and one from National Veterinary Institute) were trained for eight days as they worked with KWS's highly experienced Capture and Veterinary Services team conducting wildlife disease surveillance in Garissa and Ijara districts of Kenya. Concurrently, 69 warthogs, 7 giraffes and one lesser kudu were captured and sampled during the mission.
The AU-IBAR's wildlife expert provided oversight for the mission.
The Somalia capture team was trained and equipped during SERECU I and successfully conducted rinderpest surveillance in wildlife last year.
Summary of training content
The training entailed one day of theory for orientation followed by six days of practical. The theory covered the following topics:
- Overview of disease surveillance with reference to rinderpest eradication
- General considerations in wildlife capture
- Physical and chemical methods of wildlife capture
- Equipment and drugs for wildlife capture
- Challenges and safety considerations
- Sample collection, processing, storage and transportation to laboratory
During the practical field sessions the trainees participated in the following:
- Chemical immobilization of reticulated giraffes
- Net-capture of warthogs
- Sample taking, processing and storage
- Practice on preparation of darts and target-shooting using the Daninject and palmer rifles
- Processing of blood samples and preservation of serum