Sky Vets Report for October 2018 to January 2019

Published on the 15th of February, 2019

During October to January 2019 the SWT/KWS Sky Vet program was called to handle 12 wildlife cases most of which were supported by the SWT helicopter as well as one outsourced aircraft to help with elephant darting operations as well as search and monitoring operations.

11 of these cases attended to involved elephants whilst 1 case included the emergency evacuation of a KWS ranger to Nairobi having been attacked by a rhino during an operation.

Of the elephant cases there were 6 poisoned arrow cases, 1 snare case, 1 spear case, 2 cases relating to natural causes and 1 rescue. Out of the 12 cases treated there was an 83% success rate. Without rapid veterinary response, the majority of these cases would have died from their injuries.