Michael D. Kock
Dr. Michael Kock is a veterinarian who works as a conservation
practitioner, with a particular interest in the issues of ecosystems,
wildlife and their relationship to human health and well-being.
His career as a wildlife veterinarian has spanned several continents,
but Africa is his home, and the African people and wildlife provide
Dr. Kock was born in South Africa, but grew up in Zimbabwe,
traveling from there to do his veterinary degree in England.
Veterinary work was pursued in America and the Middle East before
he returned to Zimbabwe where he was heavily involved with rhinoceros
work during the poaching heydays of the 1980 and 1990s. His work
has carried him across Africa to Cameroon and throughout Southern
He believes that the future of conservation lies in winning the
hearts and minds of the rural people of Africa and supporting
their aspirations and improving the health of their livestock.
Dr. Kock has broadened his horizons by involvement with organizations
such as Theatre for Africa in educating people on conservation
and health issues; he is a member of the Southern African Sustainable
Use Specialist Group (SASUSG). He believes the key to success
in conservation in the developing world is by adopting a participatory
approach, capacity-building, educating, and supporting homegrown