The report for this month was prepared early to enable the unit to participate in the translocation of elephants from the Ngulia black rhino sanctuary in Tsavo West NP. With 150-200 elephants within the 62Km2 sanctuary, pressure on the habitat conditions is too high. Because of the confinement, degradation and habitat destruction by elephants is severe. There is therefore an urgent need to reduce the elephant numbers in order to improve on the performance of the rhino population. Like the previous month, the number of cases this month was low a fact attributed to the rains when incidences of animal injury are normally low.
The activities started with the treatment of a bull elephant at Taita ranch with two arrow wounds on the lower left fore leg.
We were also called to Sala gate on the 15th after the rangers at the gate saw an elephant bull with a wound on the trunk. We found the bull browsing along Galana River. The tip of the trunk was completely severed by a snare but the wound was uninfected and healing nicely. The animal was feeding well and did not manifest any signs of pain. Intervention was considered not necessary.
Then on the 22nd, we treated an elephant bull with a snare on the head at the KMC ranch at MacKinnon shopping centre.
The Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust working with The Kenyan Wildlife Service and funded by Vier Pfoten.