During the July – September 2019, 3-month reporting period, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and their five dedicated field veterinary officers, attended to 134 wildlife cases.
Of the 134 cases attended to, 50 cases were directly related to poaching. Of the 50 poaching cases, 30 involved elephants; 12 poisoned arrows, 6 spear cases, 5 bullet wound cases, 5 snaring cases and 2 post-mortems where the direct cause could not be determined due to the decomposition of the carcass but was assumed to be related to poaching. There were also 4 human-elephant conflict cases involving a bullet wound, a possible vehicle accident resulting in a broken leg, an elephant that died from wounds suspected to have been caused during conflict and one elephant that was accidentally electrocuted. Other elephant cases included 7 treatments for natural causes, 8 post-mortems where cause of death was assumed to be natural, 6 rescues and 3 collaring exercises where a total of 7 elephants were collared.