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Mission Rabies team completes tuk-tuk challenge
The team pushed, pulled and manoeuvred a tuk-tuk around the Land Rover East of England Experience Centre.

Funds raised will go towards emergency Thyolo appeal

A team from Mission Rabies has completed an off-road obstacle course in a tuk-tuk to raise money for the charity’s latest emergency appeal.

The team pushed, pulled and manoeuvred a tuk-tuk around the Land Rover East of England Experience Centre last week. Located within the grounds of Rockingham Castle, the off-road course contains an array of challenging obstacles including water ditches, steep inclines and bridges.

Mission Rabies has been working in the Blantyre district of Malawi since 2015 and has all-but-eliminated child deaths from rabies in the region through targeted dog vaccination and education programmes. Expert teams in Malawi identified an urgent need to expand the project into Thyolo district, in the south of Malawi, where some 80,000 children of primary school age face the threat of dog bites. 

The team aims to raise £10,000 to deliver a life-saving vaccination drive. This will enable them to vaccinate around 24,000 dogs in the region to cut the disease cycle and protect the 80,000 schoolchildren at risk from dog bites.

Writing on the charity’s Facebook page, charity CEO Luke Gamble writes, 'Thanks to the support from people like you… WE MADE IT!! We pulled together and got stuck into every obstacle we faced. Thank you so much to Edd and the team at Land Rover Experience East of England - we couldn't have done it without you.

'We know we can continue to put this determination towards our projects and eliminate human deaths from rabies, but we need your help to do it! Let’s get one step closer to a day when no one dies from rabies! '

To donate to Mission Rabies’ urgent appeal, visit the charity’s Justgiving page or donate via its website.

Image (C) Mission Rabies.


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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.