Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit Report for July 2020

Published on the 15th of August, 2020

July remained dry with no rains throughout the Tsavo Ecosystem. Unfortunately, wildlife injuries increased during the month, mainly due to bushmeat poaching and human-wildlife conflict.

The Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit de-snared a buffalo in Tsavo East National Park and another on Rukinga ranch, while a 3rd buffalo in Tsavo East required castration due to a testicular tumour. The Veterinary Unit also performed post-mortems on 3 elephants in Tsavo East and West National Parks.

In Tsavo East, a young lion was treated, but later had to be euthanised due to a spinal injury that caused paralysis, while in a separate incident an elephant was treated for an arrow wound. Buffaloes that were stranded after mining activities destroyed their habitat were translocated from Base Titanium mines in Kwale to Tsavo East. In addition, an old rhino carcass was examined in the Tsavo West IPZ (Internsice Protection Zone) and a giraffe with torn leg tendons had to be euthanised in the Taita Ranches.

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