Our mission is to pro-actively further the conservation & welfare of wildlife & wildlife habitats, with particular reference to conservation veterinary medicine, and to raise AWAREness of veterinary and ecological threats to wildlife species & habitats.
The Trust provides expert veterinary treatment & rehabilitation to sick or injured ownerless wild animals on a pro-bono basis, especially where these animals have suffered at the hand of man. This may include preventative treatment of wild animals at risk from disease, or pre-emptive rehabilitation of wild animals threatened by humans.
The Trust performs free sterilization, vaccination, & basic health care for domesticated animals living in poverty-stricken marginal areas at interfaces with wildlife conservation areas. The Trust believes that improving the health & welfare of these animals improves the livelihoods of their owners, & has a positive knock on effect for wildlife by limiting the spread of disease into wildlife populations & reducing poaching in wildlife areas.
Promoting donkey health - the AWARE-SPANA alliance
The Trust, funded by the UK based organization SPANA, runs ambulatory donkey clinics in rural Zimbabwe. Two full time vets are employed in this endeavour as well as a veterinary technician & a community development officer. The alliance extends to capacity building of vets through CPD courses, training vet students through a Clinical Skills Lab at UZ, & children at a new venue which will open soon.
The Trust provides facilities and funding for worthy veterinary and ecological research projects, the outcomes of which will provide important data on the status of a species or habitat in a wildlife area. We invite wildlife veterinarians and wildlife ecologists to submit disease surveillance or research project proposals. These proposals will be considered by the Trust Steering Committee.
The Trust provides animal welfare AWAREness, through animal health & welfare education campaigns for rural people. These coincide with prophylactic campaigns. The Trust intends to start raising AWAREness at grassroots level about the value of wildlife & conservation areas. AWARE believes that it is imperative to promote respect for nature, & compassion for animals from a very early age.
We firmly believe that the way forward for conservation on a national scale is to have competent, salaried local capacity able to deal with a broad range of wildlife situations.The trust intends to train veterinary & support staff in all aspects of wildlife veterinary medicine through on the job training and continuing education courses.