Friday 4th to Sun 6th November 2016
Organized by Bio-Ken snake farm that milks snakes for medical research and for the preparation of anti-venom. It provides anti-venom to treat victims of poisonous snake-bite and, with the help of the James Ashe Antivenom Trust (JAAT), it provides it free of charge to those unable to afford it.
Bio-Ken was founded by the late James Ashe and his wife Sanda. James was appointed Curator of Herpetology at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi in 1964
Friday 4th November gatheringmeet at Pilipan Restaurant where delegates, speakers and guests can get together in a relaxed atmosphere and mingle. This will be from 6pm onwards with a cash bar.
Saturday 5th November, Turtle Bay Beach Club, registration at 8:00am for start at 9:00am sharp.
The session will begin with information on snakes in general and cover natural history, identification and other topics from a Kenya perspective. The speakers are all reptile experts and will be able to take any questions you may have. This year we are very excited to be adding a talk on scorpions of Kenya, their medical significance and how to deal with stings.
Then a session on the correct and up to date treatment of venomous snakebite in Africa. This will be covered on a first aid level as well as that of the medical in hospital.
Topics: The problems of snakebite management in remote areas and the complications faced by poor or rural communities that are the most affected. Highlight the problems relating to a shortage of good quality, affordable antivenom in Africa, with suggestions and recommendations on how to move forward.
Present: International speakers, local professionals on snakebite to give an ‘on the ground’ perspective, and some of the most recognized snakebite experts in the world. Case studies will be presented showing practical examples of how correct snakebite management can lead to, in many cases, a full recovery.
This will be a full day of lectures. Delegates will be offered a discounted lunch which is not included in the seminar cost. Tea and coffee will be provided during the breaks.
Day 2, Sunday 6th November, Bio-Ken Snake Farm, from 10am
Please keep your tickets from Day 1 as this entitles you to entry to Bio-Ken on day 2. All our guides, handlers and speakers will be at the farm to show you round and answer your questions. It will be a day to familiarize yourself with snakes relevant to your area and Kenya in general.
The cost of the seminar is Ksh 3,000/= per person. Payment can be made on the day at registration. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we have a rough idea of numbers. We can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone on +254 718 290 324.
Generous discounts for seminar attendees at:
Turtle Bay Beach Club- firstname.lastname@example.org o.ke
Ocean Sports- generalmanager@oceansp orts.net