Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit for April 2020

Published on the 15th of May, 2020

The month was characterised by a drop in the number of visitors within the Mara due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tour guides and visitors have been instrumental in spotting animals in need of help and, over the years, have contributed significantly to case interventions.

The SWT/KWS Mara Veterinary Unit remained busy, with additional challenges caused by unusually high rainfall, with most areas flooded and roads destroyed, rendering movement difficult. This however came as a blessing to many grazing animals, offering plentiful access to food and water. Patients this month included a lion and a zebra, both successfully treated after becoming entrapped by snares. The team also came to the aid of an eland with an eye injury, while a large bull elephant received treatment for multiple septic wounds caused by spears. Sadly, a post-mortem was carried out on a lion who had suffered fatal wounds in a spear attack, occurring close to the community settlements on the border of the Reserve.