In a riveting series of aerial operations, our unwavering fixed-wing pilot emerged as a key player in addressing a trio of distinct challenges.
The week I commenced with a breathtaking aerial patrol over the Tsavo East/Kulalu Ranch boundary, offering a stunning view of 280 elephants reveling in the lush landscapes following much-needed rainfall.
Amidst this spectacle, our pilot spotted a potential issue among 30 bulls.
A particular bull, sporting a mysterious bump on its side resembling the size of a tennis ball, captured attention.
Recognizing the gravity of the situation, our pilot swiftly snapped photos of the injury and alerted Dr. Limo from the KWS/SWT Tsavo Mobile Vet Unit.
Assessing the situation remotely, Dr. Limo deemed immediate intervention necessary. Our helicopter in Voi promptly transported Dr. Limo to the scene.
Upon closer examination, it was discovered that the bull had an old arrow wound that had become infected.
After safely darting the patient, the skilled team treated the wound by draining the infection, cleaning the area, and administering antibiotics and anti-inflammatories for a speedy recovery.
The anesthesia was reversed, and the bull, now on the mend, happily rejoined the elephants gathering on Kulalu.
This successful intervention marked the completion of a trifecta of unique field emergencies for our fixed-wing pilot.
Earlier in the week, the pilot played a crucial role in creating an emergency exit for two giraffes stuck in a trench, inadvertently conducting a surprise orphan rescue.
The following day, the pilot facilitated the treatment of the arrowed bull. The trifecta concluded with the pilot joining a search party to locate a lost toddler in the wilderness overnight.
These missions underscore our team’s versatile and vital role in wildlife conservation—from rescuing animals in distress to providing crucial medical care for injured individuals.
Each operation, made possible by the support of our community, demonstrates the impact of collective efforts in safeguarding Kenya’s wildlife and ensuring a harmonious coexistence between humans and animals.
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