Saving Kenya’s Wildlife: The Fight Against Deadly Snares

Hidden within Kenya’s wilderness lies a silent, invisible, yet profoundly impactful threat: the deadly snare.

These simple yet lethal wire or rope traps lie in wait across wildlife habitats, tightening upon triggering like a cruel noose, ensnaring creatures big and small.

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From dik-diks to majestic elephants, no animal is safe from the indiscriminate cruelty of these traps.

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Using snares is escalating, posing a significant danger to Kenya’s wildlife. Recent statistics from the SWT/KWS Mobile Veterinary Units reveal a troubling trend: in 2017, snare victims accounted for only 9.9% of annual cases, but by 2022, this number skyrocketed to 26.1%.

Leopards, lions, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, and elephants of all sizes have fallen victim to these insidious devices.

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Swift intervention is paramount, and dedicated teams have saved numerous lives that would have otherwise perished.

The concern about the surge in snare usage is further underscored by the SWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Te datagrams.

Between 2017 and 2022, the number of confiscated snares rose by a staggering 230%, emphasizing the urgent need for action.

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However, this also highlights the effectiveness of ground patrols. Through vigilant efforts, countless snares have been intercepted, thwarting their deadly intent.

In a compelling video, witness the extraordinary efforts of the SWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Vet Unit as they treat a bull elephant for snare wounds.

Though unintended prey, the elephant was ensnared by the poacher’s trap. Thanks to prompt intervention facilitated by a dedicated team, he now stands a chance at survival.

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