During the January to March 2016, 3-month reporting period, the DSWT in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and their four dedicated KWS field veterinary officers, attended to 71 wildlife cases.
43 cases were elephant cases, 6 of which were treated for poisoned arrow wounds, 4 for spear wounds, 3 for bullet wounds and 3 for snare injuries. Other elephant cases included postmortems, elephant calf rescues, elephant collaring exercises as well as cases involving human-wildlife conflict and natural causes. The majority of the medical cases treated by the teams was elephants at 60% followed by predators, rhinos and plains game.
Out of all of these emergency operations 39% of the treatments had a successful outcome. This month there was a high percentage of cases which included post-mortems where many animals had died before the vets reached the scene. Other losses experienced included poisoning and some cases which been sadly reached too late to save. Those 4% of cases given a poor prognosis have been monitored by all parties involved in the operation, with the DSWT's Aerial Unit and one of the Mobile Veterinary Units close at hand should a follow up treatment be needed.
You can read more in the Quarterly Mobile Veterinery Report here: