THE TSAVO MOBILE VETERINARY UNIT
REPORT FOR - January 2016

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FIELD VETERINARY REPORT FOR TSAVO MOBILE VET UNIT FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2016

Reported By Jeremiah Poghon

Introduction

Tsavo ecosystem remains lush green due to the recent rains that were associated with the el nino weather pattern. Incidences of injuries in wildlife remained low during the month under review.  The cases handled in the region included treatment of an injured elephant bull in Dakota plains of Tsavo east, autopsy of elephant carcasses in Rukinga ranch and Trypanasomosis and Tsetse survey in wildlife in Shimba hills national reserve.

CASE#1 TREATMENT AN ELEPHANT WITH AN ARROW INJURY

Date:           19th January 2016

Species:     Elephant

Sex:             Male

Age:            Adult

Location:    Dakota, Tsavo east

History

The elephant bull was seen by KWS rangers patrolling the area and alerted the vet team. The team rushed to the site and found the huge lone bull foraging in swampy grassland near the Voi River. There was a wound on his right inquinal area.

Immobilization, examination and treatment

This elephant was immobilized using 18 mgs Etorphine in a dan-inject dart from a vehicle. He moved away slowly with the team in trail, until he fell on the left flank exposing the wound.

Injured elephant in Dakota  Assessing the injuries

There was an arrow injury filled with pus near the right inguinal area. The infected wound was opened, pus drained out and cleaned using water mixed with Hydrogen peroxide. Tincture of iodine and Oxytetracycline spray were applied before the wound was covered with wetted green clay.

Removing the dead tissues  The debrided tissues

Removing the pus and checking the wound  Antiseptic spray is applied

Reversal

Drug reversal was achieved by administration of Diprenorphine Hcl at three times the Etorphine dose. He struggled briefly but later woke up on his own and walked away slowly.

Prognosis

Prognosis is very good

CASE#2 AUTOPSIES OF ELEPHANT CARCASSES

Date: 24th – 25th January  2015

Species: Elephant

Sex: Female and two Males

Age: Adult

Location: Wildlife works, Rukinga

History

The Wildlife Works Rukinga Rangers reported the discovery of three elephant carcasses in the Conservancy. The female elephant carcass was discovered in Taita Ranch while the two male carcasses were discovered in Rukinga ranch. The carcasses were at an advanced stage of decomposition and few details could be ascertained from the autopsy examination. On external examination an arrow head was recovered from the flank of one of the male carcasses, an indication of death through arrow shot. Tusks were recovered by KWS security teams for custody.

The carcass was too decomposed for examination  One of the elephant skulls

CASE#3 SHIMBA HILLS TRYPANASOMIASIS AND TSETSE SURVEY

Date:  25th January -2nd February 2016

Species: Variety

Sex: Both

Age: adults and sub adults

Location: Shimba hills National Park

History

Shimba Hills National Reserve located in Kwale County hosts a variety of wildlife among them the endangered Sable antelope. The population of Sable’s and other wildlife translocated to the reserve has not been doing well. One of the reasons given is the high numbers of Tsetse flies and Trypanasomiasis prevalence in the ecosystem. The coastal development program funded a Trypanasomiasis survey of the area that brought together researchers from KWS, KALRO and KENTEC.

Immobilization and sampling

 A total of 20 animals made up of 11 buffaloes, 7 warthogs, an Impala and Hartebeest were sampled. Immobilization procedures used were as per KWS protocols for each species that included chemical and physical capture methods. Preliminary test results indicated one positive buffalo sample and further tests will be carried out in the laboratories.

Sampling an impala  Sampling Kongoni

Sampling a buffalo  Sampling a warthog

Other activities undertaken

The Vet testified in Voi law courts after undertaking an autopsy in a case where several suspects are in custody for poaching offences in Tsavo conservation area.

Acknowledgement

The unit would like to appreciate the support of its sponsors ViER PFOTEN through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) for their continued funding.  We also thank Kenya Wildlife Service through the Assistant director Tsavo conservation area and the head, veterinary and capture services department for their immense support to the unit.

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