Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit Report for September 2022

Published on the 15th of October, 2022

The Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit attended to 8 cases in September, 1 of these cases involved an abandoned elephant calf that was successfully rescued. 3 cases, all involving giraffes, were related to poaching. Additionally, the Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit carried out disease surveillance and supported sample collection and collaring for ongoing research on baboons in the Amboseli ecosystem.

Amboseli ecosystem experienced a dry and hot period in September. Vegetation dried off and most grasses, except for stumps of Elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum), were completely degraded or removed. Weak, old, and young animals were significantly affected by these harsh conditions, and many died of exhaustion and thirst. Forage was very scarce for herbivores, a good number of these animals had to rely on the little vegetation left within the swamps for sustenance.

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