Posted by wlwswp on January 30, 2017
On Jan 28, 2017, Keith, our anti-poaching pilotĀ went on a morning aerial patrol flight, after a tip off there was potentially a charcoal camp on northern Taita ranch.Ā At about 7:30am we spotted a lone bull in the thickets below us, it had a very large cyst on its right side, just above its back leg. Ā
Keith thenĀ messaged the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who brought KWS vet Dr. Poghon by road from Voi.
With the gyrocopter keeping visual on the injured elephants location, the ground team attempted to get close enough to the elephant to tranquilize it.
The thick bush made it impossible for the ground team to even get a clear sighting of the bull, so the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust sent a chopper to collect the vet on the ground and get a clear shot with the tranquilizer gun.
The vet operated on the cyst, concluding it was an arrow that had caused this poor animal all this pain and stress.Ā The elephant was treated, and put back on his feet with a clean bill of health. Ā
This goes to show how important aerial patrols are for elephant protection. A big thank you to all the hard working men and women of Wildlife Works, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service. Ā
Posted by wlwswp on January 30, 2017
On November 2, 2016, our ground team received a call from a goat herdsman that a 5-year old elephant was roaming close to her farm alone for hours.
Our Rangers immediately reported to the scene and called @dswt to arrange airlift transport to their Nairobi orphanage in a few hours time. Meanwhile, the rangers kept close eye on the baby girl elephant by keeping down wind and out of site as not to frighten her away.
When it came time to prepare her for the transport, it took a team of 12 to secure her down as she struggled with fear of her capturers. After treating some minor wounds, we successfully lifted her onto the plane.
Head ranger Eric explained that this baby elephant most likely got lost from her herd as opposed to being orphaned from a dead mother because of where she was found. Her herd probably ran quickly from human clamor to scare them off and the baby was left behind. š„ Our air patrol confirmed that no herd was nearby anymore. It was highly unlikely that she would be reunited.
We are happy that we were able save this little girl’s life. šā¤ļøThank you David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for giving her a second chance!
Posted by wlwswp on January 14, 2017
January 18, 2017 – This week, America will pass the baton of power over to a new administration.Ā I think it is fair to say that regardless of the eventual outcome of Donald Trumpās time in office, the history of remarks that he and some of his closest advisors have made in the past are genuine cause for concern within the international climate community.
However, it is also now clear that the rest of the world will not have their resolve to tackle climate change weakened in any way whether or not the US continues to participate in a leadership role on this critically important issue.
Here at Wildlife Works, we are accustomed to overcoming challenges in the work we do, as most societies have a long history of valuing the destruction of forests for āeconomic gainā. We are amongst a very small but growing vanguard who are beginning to prove the case for forests being more valuable alive than dead.
As a result we tend to wait until challenges become real before worrying too much about how we will overcome them. I see the election of Donald Trump no differently. We must wait and see what specific challenges his election poses to our work, and then rally our colleagues, partners and supporters to overcome those challenges, just as we have overcome so many challenges before.
His election does nothing to weaken our resolve, nor our belief that our work is of critical importance to the future of forests, wildlife, and rural communities.
Furthermore, I do believe that the truth will prevail. Because of the now increasingly widely understood role of forests in mitigating the worst impacts of climate change, our work will continue to be acknowledged to be of great importance to everyone including Donald Trump. So please join me in celebrating the recent progress we have made highlighted in this newsletter, and look forward to many more newsletters to come.