Wildlife-Livestock Conflict and Biosecurity: Case studies from Tanzania and Namibia
I was told by a friend, "once you’ve been to Africa you will never be cured". When I asked what he meant, his only reply was "you’ll see". I must admit my initial reaction (back in 1995) was that I would carry some deadly disease for the rest of my life. While this is certainly possible, I’ve found that with some preliminary planning, preventative vaccinations and basic precautions you can remain disease free, even under the most challenging environments. What I have not been cured of after spending nearly 2 years in Africa is the desire to listen again to the wild sounds of the Africa night or to spend just one more night with my Maasai friends feasting on a roasted goat. I never seem to find enough time for walking across the African savannah with zebras, ostriches or wildebeest just a few hundred yards away. Africa offers some of the most amazing opportunities to see and interact with wildlife, but it also offers a chance to see some of the most dreaded livestock diseases up close and provides some of the most interesting examples of the importance of biosecurity. Come hear about opportunities, disease and adventure in Africa.