Urgent Elephant Rescue: DSWT Bura De-snaring Team Springs into Action in Taita Hills Conservancy

In a distressing incident reported to the DSWT Bura de-snaring team, an injured elephant bull in Taita Hills Conservancy displayed severe front limb lameness, suggesting a potential snare injury.

Responding promptly to the distress call, the veterinary team was determined to alleviate the elephant’s suffering.

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The rescue mission started with preparing an Etorphine Hcl (M99®) dart containing 18 mg in 1.5 ml.


Administered through a Dan inject® dart rifle during a vehicle darting operation, the potent sedative took effect in approximately 7 minutes, causing the elephant to recline onto its left flank.

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Upon examination, a deep-cutting snare wound on the front left limb was discovered, actively bleeding.

The dedicated team faced significant resistance while working to free the elephant from the snare.


The wound underwent careful cleaning with water and hydrogen peroxide, and all necrotic tissues and pus were meticulously removed.

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To support the healing process, the wound was treated with tincture of iodine and covered with green clay.

Intravenous dexamethasone Hcl was administered through the ear vein alongside long-acting antibiotics via intramuscular injections to address potential infections.


After the medical interventions, the anesthesia was reversed using Diprenorphine at three times the etorphine dose. Though in guarded condition, the bull was assisted in regaining his footing.

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This heroic effort by the veterinary team sheds light on the persistent challenges elephants face in the wild, with snares emerging as a severe threat to their well-being.

The prognosis remains uncertain, underscoring the urgent need for continuous conservation endeavors to protect these majestic creatures from harm.

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