Meru Mobile Veterinary Report for January 2024

Published on the 15th of February, 2024

In January, the Meru ecosystem experienced early mornings characterized by intense sunlight and heightened daytime temperatures. The once lush grasslands and shrubs gradually lost their vibrant-green pigmentation.

However, the team was encouraged by the increased sighting of baby elephants which instilled optimism that the existing forage and water would adequately support wildlife over the coming months. The SWT/ KWS Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit responded to 6 cases in January. In Bisanadi National Reserve, the unit successfully treated an adult elephant bull for an elbow dislocation. In Meru National Park, the team rescued an abandoned male buffalo calf, and successfully reunited it with its mother. The team also successfully treated a reticulated giraffe bull with a wire around its neck and administered annual rabies and DHLP booster vaccines to a female security dog. In Mt. Kenya National Reserve, the veterinary team attended to a recumbent elephant bull. Unfortunately, the elephant bull was unable to stand despite the team’s valiant efforts. Given the elephant’s poor body condition and grave prognosis, it was put to rest to alleviate further pain and suffering.

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