Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit for March 2020

Published on the 15th of April, 2020

During March 2020, the Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit attended to four cases that required veterinary intervention. The cases included three male elephants, and a giraffe.

Post-mortems were conducted on two elephant carcasses to determine the cause of death. In both, the cause was natural and non-infectious. An elephant bull reported lame at Amboseli National Park could not be darted. The bull manifested with a high stepping gait and seemed tipsy. The condition is rather common in the park after the rains and recurs after every wet season. It is possible the tipsy syndrome in elephants could be due to some food resource found around Olgulului Group Ranch or in the adjacent Tanzania habitat.