We started the activities for August with a request to conduct a clinical examination of five KWS tracker dogs at Ithumba in Northern Tsavo East.
The remaining dogs were found to be healthy and the vaccination records including for ICH are up to date.
On the 15th we treated a bull elephant at Lake Jipe in Southern Tsavo West which had an arrow wound on the inner side of the left fore leg.
The next activity was on the 18th, when we removed a wire snare from a male Impala near Voi Safari lodge. The snare looked fresh and it had not inflicted any injury.
Latter on the 18th, the Unit was actively involved in the rescue of a three months elephant calf from the Chyulu Hills. The calf was in perfect health and the prognosis to undergo the rehabilitation program in the Nairobi nursery is good.
Before we embarked on the above investigation, we came across a giraffe carrying a loose snare round its neck in the same area. We successfully removed it and proceeded with the investigation.
Livestock herders at Wananchi ranch reported a 7-year-old elephant with a swollen right hind leg that was affecting movement in a significant way on the 23rd. We found it was a condition which we could not assist. The leg was swollen at the knee joint and there was no external injury.
Later that evening, a lioness with a loose snare on the neck was sighted near Voi Safari Lodge. The sighting was done very late in the evening when already dark to attempt immobilisation. The pride, which comprised of 12 members, was seen the following morning at the lodge’s water hole. The snare was said to be at the chin, which means the lioness was attempting to remove it. When we arrived, we did not find any with a snare and it was thought that it had finally managed to remove it.
We also received a report of an adult elephant seen limping at Punda Milia area in Tsavo East. Our search found one elephant in the same general area lame on the right hind leg.
On the 25th we received the report of a 5-6 months elephant calf seen limping on its left fore leg near Aruba.
In July 2006, we reported assisting Bamburi’s Haller Park in Mombasa translocate some animals it donated to Ndara ranch in Voi. These comprised of six Oryx and three waterbucks. Bamburi had also donated six elands to Ndara but we could not move them that time because of lack of logistical preparations to capture and move this species. These were put in place this month and the Unit helped to capture and move five of the six elands targeted.
The semi-tame elands were herded into an enclosure where darting and recovery was done.
Finally was the treatment of one of the KWS camels at Kone in Tsavo East that was reported to be off feed and coughing. We did not find anything significant on clinical examination. The body condition was good and the animal looked bright and alert.
Two animals were reported with snares but they were not found. These were a giraffe that was reported in our absence at the beginning of the month at Kanderi in Tsavo East. The search is still ongoing. The other was a female buffalo with a snare on the horns at Salt Lick lodge reported on the 29th. It was in a large herd of 500-600, which made it very difficult to see it. The herd was very excitable and we could not manage to approach within reasonable distance to be able to find the target.
The Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust working with The Kenyan Wildlife Servide and funded by Vier Pfoten