Deep in the field at the Kaluku headquarters a day can hold many dramatic possibilities
Deep in the field at the Kaluku headquarters a day can hold many dramatic possibilities. At first light the land comes alive and the day begins in a flurry of activity with the anti-poaching ground teams heading out on their daily patrols, coordinated over the buzzing radio from the HQ, whilst the aerial unit takes to the skies, supporting the Kenyan Wildlife Service and their security teams in protecting the greater Tsavo Conservation Area. A report is soon being called over the radio that a sub-adult lioness has mauled a night guard and another member of staff at a camp along the Athi River only a few kilometres away from the Trust's field HQ. After communications are passed, the KWS are despatched to the camp where the lion had been terrorising the staff, who had taken to the roof for safety, waiting for help to come. This lion was clearly disturbed and had visible wounds on its front leg, which could have been causing its extremely aggressive behaviour. Another intriguing explanation could be from a scene that was witnessed the day before from our Field Manager's house, where a mother and her sub-adult cub were drinking from the river near to the camp and were suddenly attacked by a large crocodile. Within seconds and under the cover of great splashes of water the juvenile lion has disappeared into the river with the crocodile. The mother lion had immediately followed her cub into the water in desperation, soon clambering back out onto the shore before diving in again in an attempt to find her adolescent child. All night the mother called frantically through the darkness in search of the missing lion until her calls faded and she followed the river away from the camp. Perhaps the sub-adult lion had survived but with serious injuries from the crocodile, finding itself on the shore of the camp. During the morning at the same time as the lion report another call was made over the radio to the Tsavo Mobile Veterinary unit who were at the time in Amboseli National Reserve. A wounded elephant had been sighted, again not far from the Trust's Field HQ known as Kaluku along the Athi River, with a suspected poison arrow wound. The lone elephant had been spotted taking refuge near a farm and had been there for a couple of days. With the report the vet and mobile unit began their journey from Amboseli to Kaluku in order to locate and treat the elephant.
Every day the teams, are working hard to ensure the safety of Tsavos wildlife and wild places, utilising all their skills of the bush in order to support the KWS in a mission to protect this vast environment.
Please remember our teams cannot continue this vital mission without your support during a time which so desperately needs help more than ever. To donate towards our antipoaching work: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/is/donate_now_desnaring.asp