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Veterinarian Assist Safari

Southern Sky Adventures: Veterinarian Assist Safari

Veterinarian Assist safaris in South Africa afford clients the opportunity to be involved in wildlife darting and management procedures. Various species such as rhino, leopard, elephant, lion, and many more, that need darting for management or conservation reasons such as pregnancy monitoring or contraception, health checks, transmitter implants or collar fitment, are darted by a wildlife veterinarian in order for the procedure to be carried out.

Clients are given the opportunity to participate in the procedure being carried out once the animal is tranquilized and it is safe to move closer. Depending on the species and procedure involved, clients will have the option of a hands-on approach, or, if they prefer, simply observing from up close and getting those pictures of a lifetime! Feel the inch thick skin of a rhino, or the hair on the tail of an elephant… all under the guidance of licensed veterinarian. Upon request it is sometimes even possible for clients to fly in the helicopter with the Veterinarian while the darting takes place!
These safaris are normally a minimum of four days, which allows guests ample time to become familiar with the species we are planning to immobilize, and the actual procedure itself, thus ensuring a complete experience when we get down to the immobilization. There is also ample time to enjoy general game viewing in the reserve within which we are working. The focus is on an informative and educational experience with time for fun and relaxation in-between.

Please note that no animals are darted without a valid and ethical reason, and at no time is the well being of the animal compromised! Proceeds from the clients’ fees are paid over to the wildlife reserve/conservation body to cover the costs of the procedure, and in so doing, clients are contributing directly to the conservation and successful management of the wildlife in South Africa.
These safaris only cater for small groups, generally a maximum of seven on a sharing basis, and thus provide an exclusive and well-controlled experience in a potentially dangerous situation. Bigger groups can be accommodated under certain circumstances.

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