The Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit
Field Report - August 2009
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In August 2009, two impalas were treated for snares at Voi gate in Tsavo East. The injuries inflicted were minor.
Two elephants were also treated for arrow wound injuries at Taita Salt Lick sanctuary and Luarenyi ranch. The wounds in both elephants were heavily infected. The Taita Salt Lick elephant had a good prognosis and is being monitored by the sanctuary scouts.
However, the condition of the other elephant was very bad with a poor prognosis. It had three infected wounds; two on the left hind leg and one at the chest area. It was very emaciated and weak and walking with lots of difficulties. It was euthanized and the tusks recovered.
Two elephant calves were rescued after they were found and reported alone without family groups, one each at Satao camp water hole and Sheikh Salim ranch near Bachuma.
Both were estimated to be 7-9 months and were in poor bad conditions. They died while undergoing rehabilitation at the Voi elephant stockades and Nairobi elephant orphanage respectively.
A third calf aged 4-5 years succumbed to drought related causes (malnutrition) near the Satao camp water hole.
An adult elephant bull succumbed to internal injuries after it fell down a cliff along Voi River near Satao camp after the soft ground at the edge of the cliff gave in to its weight as it was browsing. It was estimated to have been down the dry river bed for at least 24 hours before it was discovered by tour drivers.
The Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Widlife Trust working with The Kenyan Widllfei Service and funded by Vier Pfoten