Wildlife Service -- West Indian Ocean
Cable Company (WIOCC) has extended support to African lions by
donating drugs and consumables worth Ksh. 500,000 to Kenya
The donation was received by Kenya
Wildlife Service’s Head of Veterinary services Dr. Francis
Gakuya on March 16, 2017 at the organization’s headquarters in
Dr. Gakuya was happy to receive the donation saying that
lions are a fragile species that require preparedness and
He said the drugs will be used for veterinary interventions,
including safe immobilisation of lions which is necessary prior
to medical examinations or surgical procedures, when lions
require relocation back to areas of safety, territorial fights
that lead to injury and during collaring.
For many years wildlife has been dear to the heart of Chris
Wood, CEO of WIOCC.
After the sad killing of Mohawk (a majestic, 13-year-old lion
with a distinctive black mane that strayed away from the Nairobi
National Park in late March 2016 and was shot dead before a
suitably equipped veterinary team could reach him), Chris began
raising funds for the lion species awareness through multiple
activities and initiatives.
"Following this initial support, I wanted to see how WIOCC
could partner with KWS moving forward.
"Out of this came today’s donation of additional anesthetic
drugs and medical consumables for use by veterinarians during
"My hope is that this will help prevent similar tragedies
from occurring in the future". Mr. Wood explained.
Acting Deputy Director Strategy and Change, Mr. Edwin
Wanyonyi on behalf of KWS Director General Mr. Kitili Mbathi
appreciated the donation saying it will help the veterinary
department to carry out vital veterinary procedures on these
wonderful and endangered animals.
WIOCC was formed in 2008 with its main office in Nairobi,
where the majority of its employees and its Network Operations
Centre are based.
It helps international and African telcos, internet service
providers, OTTs and content providers overcome complex
connectivity challenges by developing seamless solutions that
deliver unrivalled, high-speed, resilient capacity into, within
and out of Africa.