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Recently our Burra desnaring antipoaching team while patrolling the Ndii area in Tsavo East National Park came across two buffalos, both trapped in separate cable snares, but both still alive. The team leader immediately alerted the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Mobile Veterinary Unit who was quickly at the scene. We suspect the buffalos had both been trapped in the snares for at least 24 hours, as the ground around the secured snare was churned up and pounded indicating hours of struggle as they desperately tried in vein to break free, all the while pulling the cable snare tighter and tighter.

A snared buffalo, held fast the the tree trunk by a cable snare around his head  The cable snare cut across the buffalos face

A cable snare can cause unspeakable agony for any animal unfortunate enough to get entangled in the  The team work fast to cut the cable free

The snare cut across the horn and around the buffalo's face  The absess on the leg was lanced and treated by Dr. Ndeereh too

Dr. David Ndeereh administers the revival drug  The buffalo once it comes around having been cut free and the wounds treated

Dr. David Ndeereh darted them both and they were cut free with wire cutters and the wounds were treated. The one buffalo in addition to the cable snare taught across his face also had an abscess on his front leg which was treated as well. The moment the revival drug was administered they got back on their feet and once they regained their strength galloped off. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust runs six desnaring antipoaching teams in the Tsavo region in an effort to help curb the bushmeat trade and to patrol the boundaries together with rangers from The Kenyan Wildlife Service. To read more about the Trusts desnaring project please click on the desnaring link. http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/desnaring/index_new.asp

The Tsavo Mobile veterinary Unit which covers both Tsavo East and West National Park and the surrounding Group Ranches, both Shimba Hills and the Chyulu Hills National Parks and Amboseli National Park is funded by Vier Photen. To view the gallery of photographs of treated cases from our Veterinary Unit click on this link: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/mobilevet/gallery.asp

The second buffalo was snared taught around the neck  Cutting the cable with wire cutters

The second buffalo had the cable taught around the neck  The cable snare is attached to a sturdy tree or shrub

Having been cut free and the wounds treated the buffalo galloped off

The Trust has recently secured funding for a second Mobile Veterinary Unit which will be covering cases in the Central Rift Province. This includes the famous Masaai Mara National Reserve, Lake Naivasha and the Private and Group Ranches in that area and Lake Nakuru National Park. This unit will be operational from early March 2007.


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