As reported in our last report in 2006, the Unit was closed in December for the annual leave and resumed back on 8th January 2007. We however remained in contact with the park managements to advice on any emergency that would have been reported during this period, but none was reported. The Tsavos received above normal short rains from October to December 2006 and some early part of January 2007. The parks are still very green and water is widely available. Subsequently, the animals are widely dispersed and difficult to see. Incidences of conflicts with the local community are low because the animals have enough water and feed in the protected areas. Incidences of animal injury are therefore low at present. There were only two cases this month. The Cases: The first case was of a male Impala at Voi gate in Tsavo East with a fresh snare on the neck that had not yet inflicted any injury. It was reported to the Unit by a visitor and we responded immediately and successfully removed the snare.
The Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust working with The Kenyan Wildlife Service and funded by Vier Pfoten