SWT/KWS Quarterly Mobile Vet Report January to March 2019

Published on the 20th of April, 2019

During the 3-month reporting period the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and their four dedicated field veterinary officers, attended to 101 wildlife cases.

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Of the 101 cases attended, 48 included elephants - 29 of these elephant cases were directly related to poaching activities. These included 15 poisoned arrow cases, 7 spear cases, 1 bullet wound case, 3 snaring cases and 3 post-mortems where cause of death was suspected to be poaching, though the direct cause could not be determined. There were also 3 human-wildlife conflict cases involving an arrow wound, a bullet wound, and an elephant stuck down an uncovered septic hole. Other elephant cases included 8 treatments for natural causes, 3 post-mortems where cause of death was assumed to be natural, 4 rescues and 1 case where a restraining rope had to be removed from a calf that had been previously rescued.

Non-elephant cases attended by the Vets included 9 poaching incidents; 1 arrow case and 8 snaring cases, as well as 13 human-wildlife conflict cases involving 46 animals. The majority of these cases were related to poisoning or relocation of animals out of community areas to mitigate potential conflict. There was also 1 post-mortem assumed to be natural, 4 rescue cases, 3 technical cases, 22 cases treated for natural causes and 1 survey.