The Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit

Field Report - March 2010

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For the same reasons like in February, the caseload for the unit was still low during the month of March. Rains have continued to be experienced in the Tsavos and forage and water is plenty and widespread. This has reduced incidences of human-wildlife conflicts which together with poaching for bush meat are the main causes of human induced injuries. The animals have also become widely dispersed and difficult to see. The rains are expected to continue until sometimes in May. 

The unit was called to rescue an elephant calf at Mgenyo ranch that had been captured and confined by the ranch staff after it was occasionally seen alone around the ranch offices. The calf was healthy and it was airlifted to Nairobi.

The calf sucks on Leserian's fingers, the mobile veterinary unit driver  The young calf is given some milk

The calf follows the keepers to the waiting mobile veterinary unit vehicle  The orphan beside the mobile veterinary unit vehicle

  The other case which was reported by a tour guide was that of a very small lion cub (several days old) found abandoned by the road side near Ndara plains. Our investigations established that its mother abandoned it after being disturbed by tour drivers as it shifted it together with two other cubs to another den. The cub was monitored from a distance to find out if the mother would come back for it before any intervention could be done. The lioness came back and carried the cub away late in the evening,

The lioness returns for her cub  The lioness carrying her cub

Report by Dr. David Ndeereh

The Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust working with The Kenyah Wildlife Service and funded by Vier Pfoten