TechInAfrica – Pam Curtis is an entrepreneur and the founder of BushQuip, a startup company that produces customized equipment—hoods, gaiters, carry sails, etc—to capture and translocate wildlife animals in Africa. She established her company, BushQuip, in 2013 due to her love and passion for wildlife.
As she always loves wildlife, she decided to start BushQuip where she could design and create her own unique style of wildlife capture gear range. Her main products are basically customized hoods and other equipment made for Africa’s wildlife animals like buffalo, cheetah, hyena, eland, lion/lioness, giraffe, rhino, impala, and a lot more.
Way long before the company establishment, the idea was first born in 2002 when his son managed a gear capture team. Curtis recalled that she saw them would use inappropriate equipment like a damp towel or sweatshirt to cover an animal’s head which then inspired her to design a proper hood.
When she began her first project designing a proper hood for a giraffe, she adopted a model animal from a taxidermist. It required her several hours to do some research about the size of giraffe’s heads, ear spacing, and so on.
After her first project done successfully, she received a request from a crocodile farm to make bags for transporting reptiles. She designed and made it out of high-quality PVC which also ended successfully.
Now she is working with Dr. Peter Buss, a leading Kruger National Park vet and helping him with vet working in terms of designing a hood for over 25 wildlife animals, dart gun bags, carry sails, and so on. All her products are designed to humanely capture, move, and restrain these animals.
Her products have reached many different countries in Africa, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the US. Furthermore, her products are also used for relocation projects of lions to Akegara National Park in Rwanda and Mozambique, wild dog relocations to Gorongosa in Mozambique, giraffe relocation to Rwanda, as well as for a desert lion project in Namibia.