Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit Report for August 2021

Published on the 15th of September, 2021

The Amboseli and Chyulu Ecosystem is currently very dry and much of the vegetation is either dry or shed. Consequently, wild animals are highly mobile in search of food leading to an intense interaction within human settlements.

The SWT/KWS Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit attended three veterinary cases of different animal species during August 2021. Two lions were treated for injuries resulting from human retaliatory attacks after Human-wildlife conflicts. The tendency to feed on livestock prey predisposes the lions to poison and retaliatory attacks from the neighbouring Maasai communities. A necropsy conducted on an elephant at Kiboko demonstrated hindgut torsion as the cause of death. Torsion is a natural disease condition and has been observed to occur more frequently during the dry season and the start of rains. Mostly due to abrupt diet changes.

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