Clinic’s work honoured

2018-12-05 06:00
With the trophy are from the left, front: Xanri Prinsloo; second row: Sr Anmarie Coetzee, Anne Mahayni, Sr Nadia Botha and Ronelle Vi­sagie (Endangered Wildlife Trust representative); back: Julius Koen (secretary of the Northern Cape Raptor Conservation Forum, NCRCF), Dr Piet-Piet Swart, Dr Murray Hyslop, Dr Donovan Smit and Marnus Smit (chairperson of NCRCF).Photo: Supplied

With the trophy are from the left, front: Xanri Prinsloo; second row: Sr Anmarie Coetzee, Anne Mahayni, Sr Nadia Botha and Ronelle Vi­sagie (Endangered Wildlife Trust representative); back: Julius Koen (secretary of the Northern Cape Raptor Conservation Forum, NCRCF), Dr Piet-Piet Swart, Dr Murray Hyslop, Dr Donovan Smit and Marnus Smit (chairperson of NCRCF).Photo: Supplied

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The Northern Cape Raptor Conservation Forum (NCRCF) awarded the Kimberley Veterinary Clinic.

The award is in the form of a floating trophy originally sponsored by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa), Northern Cape branch.

This trophy is awarded annually to the individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to raptor conservation in the Northern Cape.

The Gariep Raptor Conservationist award is a bronze sculpture of a pale chanting goshawk.

The Kimberley Veterinary Clinic, under the leadership of Dr Donovan Smit and Piet- Piet Swart, is lauded for having assisted local raptor enthusiasts and experts with specialised assessment and treatment of injured or sick birds free of charge.

While sadly many birds have no chance of survival and are humanely euthanised to spare them from additional suffering, those that can be saved are treated by the staff.

This is often both an expensive and lengthy process requiring specialised skills and dedication to ensure the survival of the animals.

This veterinary work is regarded an important step in the rehabilitation of the birds as the clinic fulfils a vital role in the process and thereby strengthens the conservation actions in the province.

The members of the NCRCF are grateful for the passion and commitment to raptor conservation by the clinic and have honoured it with the presentation of the Gariep Raptor Conservationist trophy.

According to the clinic, this is the second time they have received the award, having received it five years ago while under the leadership of Dr Joe van Heerden.

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