Mekelle University has an active wildlife team in the Department of Animal, Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences. This team has been entrusted with the care for an orphaned leopard that was confiscated from a farmer in Western Tigray. It is illegal to take wildlife from the wild and to keep them as pets, but this leopard was raised by farmers and has never learned how to hunt; it cannot be released back into the wild. The leopard needs to spend its life in captivity and Mekelle University has taken the responsibility to care for it.



Last Friday, Dr. Guesh Negash, Director of the MU veterinary hospital, assisted by Dr. Hans Bauer Researcher from Oxford University and visiting professor at MU, and three staff of the MU Department of Animal, Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences named Abadi Berhe, Abadi Mehari and Kurat respectively anaesthetised the leopard to treat some wounds and make improvements to the holding facility. This cage is temporary; a proper facility is going to be built in the near future.