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 The Casualties of the Poaching War - 12/3/2012
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Wildlife is at war in Kenya. Elephants, rhinos, lions, zebra, antelopes...they are all now part of the battle for survival against the enemy who are everywhere and nowhere. The poachers of Kenya are the desperate silent assassins of the ivory, rhino horn and bushmeat trade, whose syndicates lurk in the shadows with fistfuls of cash and bloodstained deals. Whilst petitions are signed, pleas are made, hearings are heard and awareness is spread, the wild denizens on the frontline are being crushed largely as a result of the insatiable demand from the Far East. Bullets, spears, poisoned arrows and wire snares are the weapons of choice against which Kenya's wildlife is helpless. The victims of this war are in their hundreds, and only a few are ever found - dead, dying or painfully alive.

Amboseli spear wound  Arrow wound in the Mara

Snared lion in the Mara  Orphaned calf that died in Sateo

Poached elephant in Taita Ranch  Axe wounds from trying to get the ivory tusks

Poisoned Arrow in the foot at Naibosho

Together with the Kenyan Wildlife Service within the vast Tsavo Conservation Area and Maasai Mara Triangle the DSWT Anti-Poaching Teams and Mobile Veterinary Units are struggling to lessen the bloody warfare, treating the wounded, rescuing the abandoned and protecting the vulnerable, yet the scale of this battle, which will never be justly measured, has reached deadly heights, threatening to disfigure Kenya indefinitely. Every month the reports of animal casualties are escalating. The Kenya Wildlife Service Vets anchored to the DSWT mobile units have been besieged by disturbing cases demanding urgent action.

Bullet from an elephant on Taita  Snared waterbuck in the Mara

Arrow wound in the Mara  Taita Ranch orphaned calf who died

Treatment of an arrow case in Sateo  Horrific snare wound in Rukinga

deep spear wounds to the body  Poisoned arrow wound in Naiboshi, Mara

Lethal Poisoned Arrow Wound  Fatal Snare Wound in Rukinga

Poisoned Arrow still stuck, Mara North

Multiple poisoned arrow wounds, snared severed flesh, fractured limbs, peritonitis and septicemia, shattered femurs and festering axe wounds are just a few of the cases recounted in October's veterinary reports https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/mobilevet/index_new.asp

Darted wounded elephant at Taita Ranch  Big Bull Treated in Mara North

The DSWT is forever grateful for all its supporters and any kind donations, large and small, which powers our brave field units and motivates us all during such dire times. https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/is/donate_now.asp    

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