SWT/KWS Quarterly Mobile Vet Report July to September 2020

Published on the 16th of October, 2020

During July – September 2020, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and their five dedicated field veterinary officers, attended to 100 wildlife cases.

Of the 100 cases handled by our Mobile Veterinary Units over this three month period, 22 were related to poaching and 15 were due to human-wildlife conflict. Of the poaching cases, nine involved elephants, with six spear wound and three arrow wound cases.

There were only three human-elephant conflict cases, which included an elephant with a bullet wound in Laikipia and a spearing in the Masai Mara. One elephant was also assisted after it became entangled in wire after it attempted to cross a fence. Other elephant cases included four treatments for natural causes, 10 post-mortems, assumed to be natural deaths, one rescue, one collaring and one relocation exercise, where seven bull elephants were moved out of the fenced Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, where they'd been causing repeated damage to critical water infrastructure.

The report below provides an overview of the cases attended, while more specific details can be found in the monthly reports produced by each of the five SWT/KWS Mobile Veterinary Units.

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