During the July to August 2015 3-month reporting period the DSWT in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and their four dedicated KWS field veterinary officers, attended to 110 wildlife cases. This shows a significant increase of over 50% in cases compared to the last reporting period in 2015, which saw just 48 cases attended to. This escalation in cases can be contributed to the dry season which historically sees an increase in poaching related activities triggered by wildlife congregating around dwindling water points throughout the Parks, creating easy targets for poachers.
Out of 70 elephants treated overall, 48 were treated for direct poaching injuries including 25 elephants injured with poisoned arrows and 15 elephants attacked with spears. Other cases included rescues, post-mortems, natural causes and non-medical cases. Species treated included predators, rhinos, giraffe, and a number of other plains game.
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