SWT/KWS Sky Vets Report for June - September 2023

Published on the 15th of October, 2023

Over the period June 2023 to September 2023 the SWT/KWS Sky Vet program attended to 27 wildlife cases. These comprised 2 Masai giraffes with spear injuries that were successfully treated, and 25 elephant cases with the majority being clinical cases that were also treated successfully.

Additionally, the Sky Vet Unit attended to 5 elephants due to human – wildlife conflict including relocation of two elephant bulls that were causing conflict, one with the local community and the other at the Umani Springs Stockade. Two other elephants were treated for spear wounds that were attributed to human – wildlife conflict. A young elephant calf was also rescued after it fell into the Korbesa Well. The mother had tried to retrieve it unsuccessfully and eventually abandoned her infant. Efforts were made to reunite mother and calf but sadly these were futile and the calf was flown to the Nairobi Nursery. The rest of the cases were attributed to natural causes.

Overall, the Sky Vet Unit achieved an 85% success rate.

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