As reported in July, we were involved in the mass capture and translocation of various ungulate species to Meru National Park between the 26th July and 3rd August
As reported in July, we were involved in the mass capture and translocation of various ungulate species to Meru National Park between the 26th July and 3rd August. During that period, 195 zebras and 143 impalas were captured and moved to Meru. The principle of the mass capture method is that animals are driven by a helicopter into a large plastic sheeting funnel system.
Several cases were attended to on return from the above exercise. This included a female Impala at Satao camp in Tsavo East that had fractured lower right femur.
Another case involving a snare was that of a four-year-old elephant calf at Voi Safari Lodge also with the snare on the neck and no injury. It was treated on the 15th August.
Three more elephant cases were reported this month. We did not intervene in one seen at Kanderi in Tsavo East which was lame on the left hind leg.
In Lumo sanctuary, another lame elephant was reported on the 27th. When we arrived at the sight we could not positively identify the cause because the elephant was guarded by a big group of about 20 animals.
Lastly on the 28th, we treated an elephant bull in Amboseli which had the entire right fore leg swollen and was walking with a lot of difficulties. We could not see any injury from a distance and on being darted it went down on the right side which complicated any observations that could be made. The elephant had decubital ulcers (pressure sores) on the hip, a manifestation that it frequently lied down and would then struggle to stand up. We thought we could give it high doses of an antibiotic and observe the response in the next few days.
The Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust working with The Kenyan Wildlife Service and funded by Vier Pfoten