October marks the beginning of the rainy season here in the Eastern Conservation Area, just like the rest of various parts of the country. Two weeks of rain has recovered what was meagre vegetation, which is a huge relief to the wildlife. Trees and shrubs are full of leaves and the savannahs are returning to green. Animals are enjoying the plentiful vegetation as they traverse different terrains picking their favourite menu. Rivers and streams are rising day by day as the runoff from the plains fills their banks. Hopefully, this will reduce animal-animal and/or human-wildlife conflicts.
The Unit attended to 4 cases in the month of October. These included a white rhino that was injured in a fight with another male, the search for and assessment of 3 elephants reported to be injured in Abedares National Park, none of which required treatment, a zebra that was injured in a failed hyena attack and the snare removal and wound treatment of a giraffe.