SWT/KWS Sky Vets Report for October 2021- January 2022

Published on the 15th of February, 2022

During October 2021 to January 2022 the SWT/KWS Sky Vet program was called to handle 17 wildlife cases.

10 of these cases involved elephants including, 6 poaching cases; 4 snared and 2 spear injuries, all of which were treated successfully, including the 3 infant elephants that were snared in the Mara Triangle. Other poaching cases included a speared hippo, and a leopard, zebra and 3 giraffes with snare injuries. One of the giraffes was given a guarded prognosis and sadly the hippo had several metal rods impaled in its body. Its injuries were too severe, and it was euthanised on animal welfare grounds. All of the others were treated successfully.

The other elephant cases included 2 for natural causes and 2 rescues of infant elephants which were airlifted to the Kaluku Neonate nursery at the Sheldrick HQ in Tsavo.

Finally, the Air Wing Unit was sought to assist in the relocation of a male lone lion that had been terrorizing community members by preying on their livestock within Kilifi County. The helicopter flew to Kilifi and helped flush the lion out of the bush for darting. The lion was then flown to Tsavo East National Park and released.

Out of the 17 cases treated there was an 70% success rate and 12% of cases survived but were given a guarded prognosis. Sadly, 6% died due to poaching and 12% were taken to an orphanage.