Monthly Archives: February 2011

Injured Elephant Treated on Rukinga

BY ROB DODSON – VP – RUKINGA –  15th February 2011

Our Wildlife Works rangers at our Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project came across a large male elephant that was having trouble walking and so we called in the Sheldrick Trust vet to dart him and have a look at the heavily swollen leg. Our rangers led the vet through the thick bush to where the elephant was leaning against a tree, showing obvious severe discomfort.

A dart was successfully shot into his flank and he went down after a few minutes and we were able to have a good look at him. We found that he had a small but deep and badly infected penetration wound on his shoulder, made by either a bullet, an arrow or a spear point. The vet cleaned the wound thoroughly and then tended the numerous other small sores he had on his body, which were probably caused by the infection. He was also given antibiotics and anti-inflamatories and then the reversal drug and he managed to stand up and totter off into the bush.

We will continue to monitor him over the next few days and I doubt he will move off very far whilst his leg is so painful.

Thank you to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust vet and his assistant for a job well done.

Wildlife Works Rangers point out the location of the sick elephant to the vet.

Our staff assist the vet to move the elephants good leg off the injured one so that he can try and find wound that has caused the inflammation. Water is poured over his ears and neck area to cool him down whilst he is immobilised.

We think that the swelling on his leg was caused by the injury higher up on his shoulder.

The vet cleans the puncture wound to the elephants shoulder with hydrogen peroxide.

Wounds treated and reversal drug administered, we left the elephant to wake up quietly. It took about 3 minutes for him to come around and stand up again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* * * * * * * * *

About Wildlife Works Carbon:

Wildlife Works is the world’s leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world’s forests.

Over a 15 year history Wildlife Works established a successful model that uses the emerging marketplace for REDD+ Carbon Offsets to protect threatened forests, wildlife, and communities.

The company helps local landowners in the developing world monetize their forest and biodiversity assets whether they are governments, communities, ownership groups, or private individuals.

Tsavo Elephant Count

BY ROB DODSON – VP – Saturday 12th February 2011

The Tsavo Conservation Area 2011 elephant census found 12,572 elephants in Tsavo East, West, Chyulus, the ranches, Mkomazi and the adjoining dispersal areas.

This is up from 11,696 that were counted in the 2008 count, representing a 2.5% increase per year, which is significantly less than the 4.5% increase in numbers recorded between the 2005-2006 counts and the 2006-2008 counts.

Of significant interest is that the 2008 only found 30 carcasses, which is in line with natural deaths. This time over 500 were spotted, which is a huge increase and is likely to be attributed to the 2009 drought and the huge increase in poaching that we’ve seen over the last few months.

The Kenya Wildlife Service GIS team have promised to share all the flight transect and plot data with us once they’ve cleaned it up…

Four of the aircraft that were used by the counting teams to carry out the elephant census.

It took over 100 people a week to cover the 43,000 square kilometer Tsavo Conservation Area, which included Tsavo East and West National Parks, Galana Ranch, the Taita Ranches, the Chyulu Hills and Mkomazi National Reserve in Tanzania.

WHAT IS WILDLIFE WORKS?

Protecting + Forests + Wildlife + Community since 1997.

Wildlife Works is the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world's forests.