TSAVO MOBILE VETERINARY UNIT
TSAVO EAST N.PARK
MONTHLY REPORT FOR APRIL 2008
PREPARED BY: DAVID NDEEREH
April was a very quiet month. We just had one report on the 26th of a giraffe carrying a snare on the neck near Bachuma in Tsavo East. Unfortunately however, this report came to us two days after the giraffe was sighted. We have searched for it for several days now but we have not found it. We have talked to many tour guides/drivers and patrol rangers but there are no news about it. We will continue with the search and give an update next month.
The reduced incidences of injuries to wildlife this month just like in the previous years was expected. This is the period when most parts of the country including the Tsavos receive the long rains. With the rains, water and feed become widely available. Subsequently, the animals get widely dispersed some into ranges where they are difficult to see. Most of the animals remain within the protected areas unlike in the dry seasons when they venture out into community lands in search of water and feed escalating conflicts with humans. During the wet season also, the local communities engage themselves in farming activities and there are very few cases of subsistence bush meat poaching. The reduced case load is expected to continue in May and probably start picking up in June when the dry spell will set in.
The Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick WildlifeTrust working with The Kenyan Wildlife Servise and funded by Vier Pfoten