Reitumetse Makwea
Journalist
4 minute read
9 May 2022
5:00 am

The passionate wildlife vet fighting to save wild beasts

Reitumetse Makwea

The only black male vet at Kruger thanks dad for his love of animals

Veterinary Wildlife SAN Parks Dr Lufuno Netshitavhadulu at the Kruger National Park, 1 March 2022, during an operation in which 49 elephants were tested for human tuberculosis. Picture: Sibongumenzi Sibiya

Dr Lufuno Netshitavhadulu still recalls his father carrying him on his shoulders in the Kruger National Park since he was seven years old, and teaching him and his siblings about the different animals. Little did he know his father was imparting his love for animals on him. Netshitavhadulu, 34, who is the only young black male veterinarian at the country’s national park, has attributed his love for his job and animals to his father’s passion for animals. He was born and raised in Tshipise, a small village in Venda, but attended Mopani Intermediate School, a boarding school. He matriculated in...