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The following are extracts from various newspaper / online articles over the past few years in which Dr Steenkamp played a role in assisting wildlife either in South African soil or Internationally.

2004

Association with Africat in Namibia where Dr Steenkamp often performs surgical dental procedures on on the Cheetah that require this treatment Cheetahs have a lot of dental problems, of which fractured teeth are the most common. Try save the teeth by performing root canal treatment on the teeth. Namibia

2006

Male white lion had root canal surgery at Onderstepoort Veterinary Hospital which lasted six hours. The lion had seriously damaged both of his canine teeth

"this is the pinnacle of my work, I love it. I have complete trust in my aneasthesiologist. This lion is out for the count"

2007

Regular trips to the UAE to perform surgery on wildlife. An eight hour root canal operation was conducted on a two year old African lioness at the Abu Dhabi Wildlife Centre. Dr Steenkamp came from South Africa especially to perform the operation on Roots, He has previously carried out root canal surgery on 20 lions and 70 Cheetah in South Africa.

Africat Namibia, Dr Gerhard Steenkamp very kindly gave up their time once gain to join us for this year’s examinations. Dr Steenkamp conducts thorough dental assessment for each of the cheetah and performs root canals and extractions where necessary.

2008

Zaza the Leopard 50kg’s was involved in a fight with her sister in Limpopo province. Her right fang was broken in the process. A bite to her head, just in front of the ear, also damaged the nerve that controlled the lip muscles. Dr Gerhard Steenkamp of the dental clinic at the University of Pretoria’s faculty of veterinary science, said the nerve damage would take about six weeks to heal, but that it would not be problematic as the leopard could still eat. "as fangs are too long to crown and can easily break again, I did a root canal and sealed the tip of the tooth where it was broken" Steenkamp said. "she will still be able to bite with it".

Dr Gerhard Steenkamp performed the root canals free of charge. Examination revealed huge abcesses in SHiloweni’s upper canines, which explained why he was struggling to eat. Karongwe private game reserve

2008 Grant Winner of Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation – Project title: dental and maxillofacial treatment of large carnivores (captive and wild) in South Africa and Namibia.

2009

UAE Abu Dhabi Wildlife Centre working on a lion cub and flew from South Africa to do what he could to help the mutilated cub. This animal, he concludes, must have been living in almost constant pain for some time, it was just a latest victim of illegal trade in exotic pets, that despite stiff penalties, remains popular in the UAE.

Jobedi Game Reserve: Taemane needed two root canal treatments on his left top and bottom canine. He received the root canal treatment on 2nd July 2009 at Onderstepoort from Dr Gerhard Steenkamp.

2010

Limpopo Cheetah, Droopy needed some attention from a dentist. Her one canine was broken by the iron bars of the trap cage she was caught in, and the root of her tooth was exposed. A root canal procedure was required to stop any infection or abscess from developing. Dr Steenkamp veterinary dentist at Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute. Three hours was spent doing a root canal and fixing the canine up.

Pretoria Zoo – anaesthetizing hippopotamus a veterinary challenge. Dr Steenkamp cuts Guss’s overgrown lower right canine with an angle grinder while the mouth is held open with a steel frame. Blindfolds are essential to reduce visual stimulation during the procedure. Hippo’s are well left alone by wildlife veterinarians until new drug combinations recently became available with are much safer to use on these animals.

A dental surgeon for big cats arrived from South Africa to perform the two hour surgery on the 180 kilogram tiger that was tranquilized during the operation. UAE Abu Dhabi Wildlife Centre. Caesar was suffering from tremendous tooth pain. Two of his lower front canines had chipped off. Dr Gerhard Steenkamp a dental surgeon for big cats did the procedure.

Steenkamp performed the root canal on Ingwe a run away leopard found in a tree in Boschkop. Steenkamp performed the root canal and filled the tooth cavity on the 60kg animal with the normal white cement used on humans. Steenkamp said it was important that they tended to the fractured upper canine as the nerves and blood vessels were exposed which exposed it to infection. His task was made easier he said by the fact that it was a fresh fracture. Steenkamp said he had in the past performed several similar procedures on leopards and they were all successful. He was confident that Ingwe would have many happy hunting years ahead of him with his newly fixed tooth.

China visit to Xixiakou Zoo to assist with the treatment of one of the African elephants housed there. They had damage to their tusks as the absence of any adults at the zoo contributed to the factor in the unpredicatable and sometimes aggressive behavior of these two youngsters. Both animals frequently charge up to the steel gates pushing their trunks through a gap in the bars which results in their short tusks banging against the bar below. Dr Steenkamp pointed this out to the keepers and suggested that this may have been the cause of the fracture. Steenkamp proceeded to evaluate the damaged tusk. Two holes dorsal and ventral to the pulp cavity were explored with a rigid video endoscope. Only one of the two appeared to be communicating with the pulp cavity. The pulp itself seemed to be reasonably healthy with very little sign of infection. The whole procedure took just over two and half hours and the elephant stood up calmly a few minutes after naltrexone was administered.

Successful training session at Giza Zoo on anesthesia and dentistry of zoo animals was held. Dr Steenkamp was one of the lecturers.

Lory Park Zoo the massive pearly whites of the two felines were tended to by Dr Gerhard Steenkamp and Dr Peter Caldwell from Old Chapel Vet. Chaos the lion and Shazeem the leopard were in need of root canal operations. Chaos had root canal treatments on both his maxillary canines as he’d broken one off and a hole was developing in the second said Eddy van Eck. Shazeem had to have root canals on all four canines. " it was also a good time for a health check and blood was taken to run tests.

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