Sep 7, 2013

Bush Vet: My Hidden Battles to Save Wildlife

Publication Date: September 2013


Authors: Dr. Clay Wilson with Tony Park
Imprint: Umuzi
Publisher: Random House Struik
ISBN: 9781415201787

On the borders of Chobe National Park, Clay Wilson is an embattled wildlife veterinarian. Not only does he experience great adventure and heart-rendering episodes tending to the wild animals that fall victim to accidents and disease, but increasingly he finds himself up against the ravages of poaching and the forces behind this. In the great stand-off between the need for a developing country to expand its agriculture and to preserve its unparalleled wilderness, Wilson sides with the animals and makes powerful enemies in the process. This no longer the pastoral paradise but a battleground which lands Clay in life-threatening situations, including being unceremoniously arrested and deported.

Tony Park is the author of Far Horizon, The Delta, and African Dawn among other novels, and co-wrote the wildlife autobiographies War Dogs and Part Of The Pride. He was born in 1964 and grew up in Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, and a public relations consultant.

He is also a Major in the Australian Army Reserve, and served six months in Afghanistan in 2002 as the public affairs officer for the Australian ground forces. He and his wife, Nicola, divide their time between their home in Sydney, and southern Africa, where they own a tent and a Land Rover.

Clay Wilson was born in Johannesburg, but moved with his family to Mexico when he was two. Returning to South Africa 11 years later, speaking fluent Spanish, he matriculated from Sandton High School in 1976. He graduated with a degree in Zoology from the University of Florida and qualified as a veterinarian from Onderstepoort.

He opened a veterinary clinic in Florida before opening up his clinic and a lodge in Kasane, Botswana, in 2007. He was made Honorary Game Warden in Botswana before he was deported. [Source]

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