FIELD VETERINARY REPORT FOR TSAVO MOBILE VET UNIT FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2016
The month under review remained calm due to recent showers experienced in the ecosystem. Cases reported to the Unit were a lame elephant near Voi River, Grants Gazelle with mange skin infection near Galana River, a snared Buffalo in Rukinga ranch and an injured Cheetah that could not be traced near Ngutuni sanctuary.
CASE#1 RESCUE OF A LEOPARD CUB
Date: 10th May 2016
Location: Mutomo station
Rescue and management
The cub was reported by a community member who was burning charcoal near Kithima village of Mutomo area north of Tsavo East National Park. The cub was rescued by a KWS team based at Mutomo station who later contacted the unit for assistance. The cub was transported to the Northern Park headquarters at Ithumba for airlift to Voi. The Nairobi orphanage indicated it was full and there was no space available to host the cub. Tsavo Trust took in the cub with plans for release back to wild when mature.
CASE#2 REPORTED LAME ELEPHANT NEAR NDOLOLO CAMP, TSAVO EAST
Date: 10th May 2016
Species: Loxodanta Africana
Location: Tsavo east- Ndololo camp
A sub adult lame elephant was reported near Ndololo camp, Tsavo east and upon being traced found to be an old injury that had already healed with no danger to the animal. The leg was deformed at the right knee joint making it shorter than the rest hence the abnormal movement.
CASE#3 REPORT OF GAZELLE WITH MANGE INFECTION
Date: 12th May
Location: Sobo rock, Tsavo East
History and search
The gazelle was seen by a tourist beside the road near Sobo rock on the road along Galana River from Sala gate. She was restless with evident skin lesions covering most of the body. After the report was received the team rushed to the area and searched for it in vain. Several hundreds of gazelles and impalas were surveyed along the Voi, Luggards, Sala and Aruba road and no signs of mange infestation were seen. Mange is a disease caused by Demodectic and Sarcoptic mites which barrow into the skin and causes alopecia and intense irritation. It’s contagious and zoonotic. Further studies will be undertaken to understand the extent of its spread.
CASE#4 DESNARING OF A BUFFALO
Date: 12th May 2016
Location: Rukinga ranch
A report was received from the Rukinga ranch regarding a snared Buffalo in the ranch. The team rushed to the area to find the snared Buffalo struggling to free itself with the rest of the herd had moved away.
Immobilization, examination and treatment
The buffalo was immobilized using 4 mgs of Etorphine mixed with 50 mgs of Xylazine using a dan-inject dart from a dan-inject dart gun and it went down in 5 minutes. The strong wire snare was removed and the wounds around the base of the horns treated. The buffalo was administered with Dexamethasone Hcl and long acting antibiotic parenterally.
The anaesthesia was reversed using Diprenorphine at three times the Etorphine dose and 0.5cc of Atipemazole Hcl both IV through the jugular vein. The Buffalo woke up and ran into the bushes.
Prognosis is good.
Other cases reported
EXPERT COURT TESTIMONY AT MALINDI COURT
The vet was bonded to testify in a case involving persons arrested with ivory at Malindi court. This is after examining the trophies and producing an expert report.
The unit would like to appreciate the support of its sponsors ViER PFOTEN through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) for their continued support. 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.