Dr Clay

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  1. wish I could help you Douglas Dr Clay
  2. Thank you Dik Dik and Twaffle, You ahve always supported me and its much appreciated. I just hope peole realize what is happening there its criminal.I have noved forward and upward. Bokk come out in 6 months. I am hooping to jaeal a lot of wildife before now and then,'You are starrs Brgds Dr Clau
  3. A year ago on December 7 2011 Dr Clay Wilson the only veterinarian and Honorary Game warden in Chobe National Park in Botswana was unceremoniously deported from that country. I was a very active member at that time in ST updating you all with stories successes and failures in the saga to treat wildlife that were injured in Chobe. I met a lot of very nice people in these forums and managed to exchange information and become friends. I abruptly stopped for many personal reasons and have not spoken out until a few weeks ago. During that year of silence I dedicated myself to traveling thru Africa looking for a place to re-establish myself, since my passion for healing wildlife has not abated I was very lucky to have walked in to Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi and introduce myself. Though they were skeptical at first, I was able to diagnose, some obvious maladies while I examined the herd of playful baby elephants. I was in heaven becoming close to the most magnificent animals I have ever encountered. Im Chobe we had 180000 Elephants, which compromises half the population of elephants in the world and is thus a very important and critical ecosystem that needs to be focused on. I was called back from RSA to Nairobi to attend a very sick baby by the name of Rukinga, whom was in dire straits and on his way out. Doing a series of Diagnostic Procedures I managed to diagnose a Pancreatic Enzyme deficiency. I by chance walked in to a health food store in town, and there in front of me were 4 bottles of pancreatic enzymes (apparently the only 4 the country) Rukinga was lacking these enzymes that predigest the food and which are normally produced in the pancreatic intestinal organ. On administering a bottle of milk with 10 pills Rukinga made an almost miraculous recovery, since he all the sudden and absorbed some nutrients and gave him instant energy. He ran in front of the herd that night and was be the first baby in his stall for the night. Today he is a fat naughty boy that leads the herd of his peers, the only problem is he is 1/3 the size of elephants his own age but this doesn't seem to bother him. I sterilized Dogs and cats at the local SPCA and volunteered my time to help injured wildlife to a rehabilitation facility I had worked with for many years when I was in Private practice. I was called back to Sheldricks in November to deliver a state of the art Digital X-ray machine and a Full CBC and Blood count machines. These have tremendously increased their diagnostic capabilities. The addition of pancreatic enzymes to all young baby milk mixtures has resulted in about 70% increase of survivability. This is a project which I intend on following up on and looking deeper in to. In Chobe we had 180000 Elephants that compromises half the population of elephants in the world and is thus a very important and critical ecosystem that needs to be focused on. I was called back from RSA to Nairobi to attend a very sick baby by the name of Rukinga, whom was in dire straits and on his way out. Doing a series of Diagnostic Procedures I managed to diagnose an Pancreatic Enzyme deficiency. I by chance walked in to a health food store in town, and there in front of me were 4 bottles of pancreatic enzymes (apparently the only 4 the country) Rukinga was lacking these enzymes that predigest the food and are produced in the pancreatic intestinal organ. On administering a bottle of milk with 10 pills Rukinga made an almost miraculous recovery and the instant energy he gained made him run in front of the herd and be the first baby in his stall for the night. Today he is a fat naughty boy that leads the herd of his peers, the only problem is he is 1/3 the size of elephants his own age but this doesn't seem to bother him. I sterilized Dogs and cats at the local SPCA and volunteered my time to help injured wildlife ae a rehabilitation facility I had worked with for years when I was in Private practice. I was called back to Sheldricks in November to deliver a state of the art Digital X-ray machine and a Full CBC and Blood count machines. This has tremendously increased their diagnostic capabilities. The addition of pancreatic enzymes to all young baby milk mixtures has resulted in about 70% increase of survivability. This is a project which I intend on following up on and looking deeper in to. Posted here is the blog on the facts that occurred with relevant documentation, you can make your own conclsions. http://chobewildlife...e.blogspot.com/ So Dr Clay in now a Local Fishing Guide taking tours a s a professional fisherman which this then gives me the freedom to move around the world and become a Travelling Wildlife Consultant ( of course to be paid from now on) wehn the need arises. For you that would like to know more about me please friend me on Face Book. Link here . Lots of exciting stoires to come. http://www.facebook....ay#!/exodusclay there you can see stories of working with wildlife back to 2007 as also the more legible copies of the photos and documents. I hope to reconnect with you all again as I plan on being bush in the New Year. I am travelling to Venezuela in the new year to help a Zoo with their herd health. BRGDS of the season I wish you all the best of luck and love’ Dr Clay
  4. I see the President of Botswana Ian Khama has appointed his brother as Minister of Wildlife and tourism. Tshekedi Khama otherwise known as TK. Edited. Matt. I have edited this post, reason stated below. Please refrain from making such statements. One can now be assured that the wildlife in Botswana is in dire straits. I would personally say this to his face . Don’t the people of Botswana know this is a scam and totally the wrong person to be in such a powerful position? My heart cries for my babies that will continue to be slaughtered.
  5. Thank you Pault for your input. You are absolutely correct in your narratives. This is now not a newsworthy issue as I have waited too long to try and expose it. I have to see myself as a casualty of the poaching war. Unfortunately I would require some political clout to be able to be heard or have a lot of disposable income (millions) to be a player in this game. Unfortunately Im just a little guy which tried to change a major problem, which is quite evident all over Africa. The book by the way will be totally non-political as that was not my intent at the outset and not relevant to this issue. The reason for being silent were exactly as you mentioned and still very relevant. I feel I’m going thru some post traumatic syndrome that I have no control of and all that really matters is that the elephants are being slaughtered and its heavy on my heart. Welcome to the conservation world. I will put this behind me and utilize my experience and knowledge to help in other areas. I still believe a drop of water eventually becomes an ocean. I thank you for your honesty and it’s much appreciated. Reality must rule. And its my mistake to have tried to make this an issue in a public forum.
  6. Hello Lion aid nice to see you again. Yes you are absolutely correct that I have not included any information to date. The reason being so is that I had to protect individuals left behind and I have a contract with a publishing company for a book I wrote. It won’t be published until mid-year next. I have been closely following the on-goings in Chobe and must say there is nothing good to report. It seems the poaching has increased tremendously since I was deported. I can no longer stand by and see this happening for another year before they are exposed. I am going to put a step by step series of events all backed up by documentation to best explain what I think happened. Yes I agree with your 3 views on poaching except you forgot to mention the poaching done individuals or corporations in Botswana or shall we say internal poaching for Ivory. I was never given a reason for my deportation and have to put all the proceedings in order to try and understand. The conclusions one makes can only be explained in a few ways. The US embassy did nothing for me. I was frontline for almost 5 years and certainly had access to everything that was happening. Yes Chobe’s management of the wildlife is marginal at best. I had presented a plan to the President at his request (from his office) on how to improve and implement effective antipoaching strategies involving helicopters and UAV’s. The plan also included 45 other suggestions for general park manangement. That I started 3 years ago and never was acknowledged. All solutions were simple and very workable. I was totally ignored. Needless to say they did not like to hear what I had to say. I was persistent over the years but never got anywhere. Doing my job was obviously interfering with whoever was doing the poaching. In 5 years I was there not a single elephant poacher was arrested and many dead elephants found that were never officially reported. I was only arrested once then thrown into jail for 13 days before being deported. You cannot imagine the effect it had on my psyche and the loss of all my financial investments in Botswana. I have no hard proof that the Government in doing the poaching but as I was almost assassinated in a failed attempt and then was deported there could not be any other explanation as it was my job to heal these wounded animals. I will post with all the facts. Then people can make their own conclusions. One is for sure. The elephants are being shot at an alarming rate that I witnessed almost every week as a warden. I almost paid the ultimate price and should have let the story out immediately but at that time I was having difficulty dealing with the situation. I can tell you I have been back to Africa a few months ago and have established other avenues and places where my experience and advice will be extremely beneficial. Elephant poaching is a big problem all over Africa. In many instances it’s the Government itself raping its own resources. Botswana in my opinion is now the leader of that pack
  7. Its amazing that I held back on relating what happened in Botswana. I have been quiet for a reason. I have been letting out drips and drabs of information but it seems like no one really cares about the injustices being done in Botswana. I am going to get someone to publish it and then write the whole story.
  8. Hello all I have not posted in a while as i have been recuperating from my deportation from Botswana. I would like to let you all know that I have not been idle and have moved forward with many projects. I will be back in Africa soon and i will expose what I know. In the interim the Botswana government has been admitting in various articles over the last 8 months that they have a severe poaching problem. I had been fighting that and standing up for the slaughtered wildlife for years now with apparently no one listening and certainly no one doing anything about it. For standing up I almost paid with my life and certainly paid with loosing all I had in Botswana which was a substantial investment over the last 5 years. I am no longer going to remain quiet about my experiences and have written a book that will publish next year. As you know I was never charged or accused with anything and was rapidly gotten rid of in the hope I would keep quiet. I can no longer allow the slaughter that I witnessed on a daily basis as the only veterinarian officially hired by Parks and Wildlife for Chobe and also an honorary game warden. It really seems that no one cares and every organization I have tried to educate as to what is happening in Botswana has not given me the time of day. In any case here is one article from the Sunday times admitting they have had a lot of elephants poached and 2 Rhinos killed. If this is an official report and not a slip you can increase the number by 10 times This guy ( head of antipoachuing unit) is going to be in deep trouble and I bet you wont hear another word as the Government will suppress all media as it usually does. With your help maybe I can get someone to listen? Brgds Dr Clay in USA http://www.sundaystandard.info/article.php?NewsID=15036&GroupID=1
  9. Sorry for delayed response I have been traveling to relocate. Hi Dik DiK i agree this is just overgrowth of hair ( bone) in giraffes face. They grow for life and its possibly abnormal growth. Thanks or your mail Julian. Iconfirmedd this was papilloma virus by biopsy of lesion at onderstepoort. They agreed we could make an autogenous vaccine if needed. I would love to be involved. Brgds Dr Clay
  10. Elephants Wihout Borders lost one of their collared elephants to ivory poaching. Now this shows just how rampant this is getting. Another confirmation of Poaching in Chobe by Elephants Without Borders. Shooting a collared elephant they used for research and 2 others killed with them for their tusks. http://​elephantswithoutborders.org/​blog/?p=1129
  11. In 5 years working as Park veterinarian in Chobe not one elephant poacher was apprehended. I saw the results of poaching up close and personal for all this time. Government policy was that not to publicize any negative news about the area as so I never did. The problem was never addressed or dealt with even after multiple attempts by myself to Government to provide us with basic equipment such as a helicopter. The problem has always been there and has been severe during my tenure as Park veterinarian and Game warden. One wonders what changed since I was deported. The truth always will come out in the end. AFTER YEARS OF DENYING THAT CHOBE HAS A POACHING PROBLEM NOW ITS ALMOST DAILY NEWS THIS INCIDENT WAS 5 KILOMETERS AWAY FROM MY OLD HOUSE IN KASANE Sunday Standard Botswana news http://www.sundaystandard.info/article.php?NewsID=13032&GroupID=1 Tuesday 31 January 2012 | 11:10 PM Another armed poacher shot dead, four escape by Reuben Pitse 30-01-2012 An anti poaching unit was nearly killed by heavily armed poachers after the poachers ambushed them in the Chobe area, which has now become a battlefield between the anti poaching unit and poachers. One suspected poacher was captured and his identity has not yet been verified and the suspicion is that they might be Zambians or Namibians. “On the 9th of January 2012, around 2pm in the Sibuyu Forest Reserve, a law enforcement patrol encountered a group of about six poachers,” Mobile Bolele, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, told the Sunday Standard. “On being challenged, the suspected poachers started shooting and the law enforcement personnel fired back, resulting in one poacher being killed, one injured and four escaping.” She said the patrol recovered some items used during poaching, such as skinning knives, 377 live ammunition for AK47 rifles, one AK47 magazine, multi-purpose lubricating oil and a weighing scale, all recovered from the camp used by the suspected poachers. Bolele said the nationalities of the poachers are still being established while investigations are continuing. “Poaching is very common in Chobe, especially cross border poaching. The poachers usually target high value species like elephants, for their tasks, and kill game species like buffaloes and impalas for food,” she said. Bolele further said to ensure that poaching is kept at bay, there are joint patrols by law enforcement agencies, adding that there is also cross border cooperation among neighbouring countries in-order to combat poaching. She pointed out that Botswana will do everything to protect its natural resources. Two months ago, three suspected Zambian poachers, David Kakoma Wango, Evans Sichachani and Benn Mukisi were also part of cross border poachers who were shot dead by the anti poaching unit but one of them managed to escape. Two mobile phones with Zambian SIM cards and 12 elephant tusks were recovered from the dead poachers who were repatriated to their country of origin for burial last December after the next of kin had been traced.
  12. I think its all greed from what I can see in my experiences there. Elephants Wihout Borders lost one of their collared elephants to ivory poaching. Now this shows just how rampant this is getting. Another confirmation of Poaching in Chobe by Elephants Without Borders. Shooting a collared elephant they used for research and 2 others killed with them for their tusks. http://​elephantswithoutborders.org/​blog/?p=1129
  13. In 5 years working as Park veterinarian in Chobe not one elephant poacher was apprehended. I saw the results of poaching up close and personal for all this time. Government policy was that not to publicize any negative news about the area as so I never did. The problem was never addressed or dealt with even after multiple attempts by myself to Government to provide us with basic equipment such as a helicopter. The problem has always been there and has been severe during my tenure as Park veterinarian and Game warden. One wonders what changed since I was deported. The truth always will come out in the end. AFTER YEARS OF DENYING THAT CHOBE HAS A POACHING PROBLEM NOW ITS ALMOST DAILY NEWS THIS INCIDENT WAS 5 KILOMETERS AWAY FROM MY OLD HOUSE IN KASANE Sunday Standard Botswana news http://​www.sundaystandard.info/​article.php?NewsID=13032&GroupI​D=1 Tuesday 31 January 2012 | 11:10 PM Another armed poacher shot dead, four escape by Reuben Pitse 30-01-2012 An anti poaching unit was nearly killed by heavily armed poachers after the poachers ambushed them in the Chobe area, which has now become a battlefield between the anti poaching unit and poachers. One suspected poacher was captured and his identity has not yet been verified and the suspicion is that they might be Zambians or Namibians. “On the 9th of January 2012, around 2pm in the Sibuyu Forest Reserve, a law enforcement patrol encountered a group of about six poachers,” Mobile Bolele, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, told the Sunday Standard. “On being challenged, the suspected poachers started shooting and the law enforcement personnel fired back, resulting in one poacher being killed, one injured and four escaping.” She said the patrol recovered some items used during poaching, such as skinning knives, 377 live ammunition for AK47 rifles, one AK47 magazine, multi-purpose lubricating oil and a weighing scale, all recovered from the camp used by the suspected poachers. Bolele said the nationalities of the poachers are still being established while investigations are continuing. “Poaching is very common in Chobe, especially cross border poaching. The poachers usually target high value species like elephants, for their tasks, and kill game species like buffaloes and impalas for food,” she said. Bolele further said to ensure that poaching is kept at bay, there are joint patrols by law enforcement agencies, adding that there is also cross border cooperation among neighbouring countries in-order to combat poaching. She pointed out that Botswana will do everything to protect its natural resources. Two months ago, three suspected Zambian poachers, David Kakoma Wango, Evans Sichachani and Benn Mukisi were also part of cross border poachers who were shot dead by the anti poaching unit but one of them managed to escape. Two mobile phones with Zambian SIM cards and 12 elephant tusks were recovered from the dead poachers who were repatriated to their country of origin for burial last December after the next of kin had been traced.

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