This is the last report this year, as the Unit will break for the annual leave in December and resume back in January 2006. In our absence, the Veterinary/Capture Unit of KWS will handle all emergencies from Nairobi.
The number of cases has been going down following the rains that started early this month. There were only three cases. Two of them involved snares; the first one was a male adult waterbuck
The waterbuck was near the Voi gate in Tsavo East while the elephant was at Mgenyo ranch. The snare in the waterbuck was loose around the neck
The elephant with the arrow injury was of the same age as the one above and was reported by rangers on patrol at Maungu area in Tsavo East. The injury which was on the left fore leg was already healed and only a small swelling was remaining which was interfering with gait and posture.
The Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust working with The Kenyan Wildlife Service and funded by Vier Pfoten