As reported in September, this month we were engaged in elephant translocation exercises
As reported in September, this month we were engaged in elephant translocation exercises. Last month, 132 elephants were removed from the 63 Sq. Km Ngulia black rhino sanctuary in Tsavo West and released into the rhino valley in the park where there is adequate browse and water. Thereafter, the team left for Shimba Hills in Kwale where the target was to move 250 elephants to the northern Tsavo East, about 300 Km away. This operation was scheduled to take about one month from the 29th September to the end of October.
After the suspension of the Shimba Hills operation, the team relocated to Ngulia where they removed all the remaining 61 elephants from the sanctuary on the 26th, 27th and the 28th. In total therefore, 248 (17 in October 2005, 38 in June 2006, 132 in September 2006 and 61 in October 2006) were removed. An aerial recce has confirmed that there are no more elephants. Most of the elephants removed were in poor body conditions and weak. Fortunately, none succumbed to the capture and relocation to the rhino valley.
In both captures, family units were captured and moved together in a mass transportation crate. The largest family unit captured was 12 and the smallest was four.
On the 8th of October we received a report of an injured bull in the Tsavo Triangle that was dragging its left hind leg. The bull, aged about 45 years, was located near the Athi River where it had gone to drink and we found it on the Athi River Bank.
The Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust working with the Kenyan Wildlife Service and funded by Vier Pfoten