SWT/KWS Sky Vets Report for October 2022 - January 2023

Published on the 15th of February, 2023

During October 2022 to January 2023 the SWT/KWS Sky Vet program was called to handle 46 wildlife cases involving 20 elephants, 1 cheetah, 3 lion, 4 rhinos, 4 zebra, 1 waterbuck, 1 Roan antelope and 12 giraffes.

The increase in poaching and natural cases can largely be attributed to the ongoing drought. There was also 8 human – wildlife conflict cases attended to involving 5 elephants, 2 lions and 1 zebra. All 5 elephants and both lions were speared/arrowed due to conflict over resources in the Masai Mara region.

Of the 25 poaching cases, 4 elephants were snared, 4 arrowed and 4 speared. 1 waterbuck, 3 zebra and 7 giraffe were also treated for snare wounds as well as 2 giraffes treated for a spear and arrow wound. Only one elephant with a severe spear wound was euthanised due to the extent of the injury. The rest were given a good prognosis.

The Unit also attended to 9 natural cases, 2 post-mortems and rescued 1 adult elephant after it became stuck in a muddy dam and a rhino calf from Solio Ranch was taken to the orphanage after it was abandoned by its mother.

Out of the cases treated there was an 83% success rate and only 4% death due to poaching though 9% died due to natural causes.

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