Injured elephant in Naibunga community conservancy, Laikipia On 20th March 2013 Meru MVU received report from the management of Naibunga conservancy of an elephant that required veterinary attention. This was an adult bull that had been monitored by community rangers for 3 days hence was easily located on arrival. Standard elephant immobilization procedure was followed. The elephant was darted from a vehicle after a brief chase. Induction time was seven minutes. Examination revealed superficial wounds and bruises on the right flank. Treatment: Wash with antiseptic and iodine applied. Elephant was successfully reversed from anaesthesia.
Other reported cases i. The warden Mwea national reserve requested the Meru MVU on 13th March 2013 to attend to an elephant and two common zebras with wire snares. The elephant was reported to have a penetrating wound on its trunk hence difficulty during watering. The wound was suspected to have been caused by a snare. After 2 days of searching for the elephant, we were unable to locate it. The reserve management was advised to follow up on this animal and report for prompt treatment when it is found. Two zebras with snares on their limbs were located; however, attempts to dart were not successful. The zebras were agitated and fled when approached by vehicle. Because of rough terrain it was not possible to pursue these animals. ii. Mpala ranch in Laikipia requested for veterinary support to assess a sick elephant. Meru MVU visited the ranch on 25th March 2013. The male elephant was located in a water hole. Quick assessment revealed an old elephant bull in poor body condition. No injury was seen externally. This animal was not immobilized. The ranch was advised to monitor the animal. Conclusion There were few incidences of injuries to wildlife in March, however, all cases reported were attended to promptly. Acknowledgements We would like to thank the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for funding the operations of the Meru MVU. Report by: Dr Bernard Rono