Treatment of a lame elephant bull in Kasigau area of Tsavo W. National Park, 15th July The lame elephant which is suspected to have sustained a sprain on the left leg hind leg with a suspected fusing of the left knee joint. The elephant had difficulty in movement and stayed near a water hole. Darting was done using 20 mgs of etorphine alone. Examination revealed Sprain on the joint with subsequent disorganized healing. No open wound was seen. Anti inflammatory drugs and antibiotics were administered. The elephant had to be assisted onto its feet after he was unable to stand on its own.
Collaring of a lioness with GPS satellite collar at Amboseli National Park, 17th July. Constant conflict between lions and the surrounding community has forced wildlife managers to intervene in order to mitigate further clashes. One of the strategies was to collar the lions, a male and a female in each pride with internet transmitting GPS collar that uses the local GSM network. This will enable data on the lions movements to be analyzed. The vet unit was called in assist in immobilization and care of the candidates. Two lionesses were earmarked for the exercise but only one was found. Darting was by use of Ketamine and Xylazine at a ratio of 300 mgs each, a further top up of 50 mgs Ketamine was added.
Desnaring of a zebra in Manyani field training camp in Tsavo West, 22nd July. Several cases of injured/snared cases of zebras are on the increase in manyani area of Tsavo West National Park. The zebra was snared around the hind leg and also injured by a suspected lion attack. It was immobilized by use of 7mgs etorphine and 60 mgs xylazine. The snare was removed and the wounds cleaned with antiseptics then given an antibiotic cover.
Prognosis Good, full recovery is expected. Other cases The unit euthanized a blind eland calf after examination revealed complete blindness due to developmental anomaly of the eyeballs. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The unit would like to thank all its sponsors especially The David Sheldricks Wildlife Trust and VIER PFOTEN for their continued support and not forgetting The Kenya Wildlife Service. The Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust working with The Kenyan Wildlife Service and funded by Vier Pfoten.