Animal in Rescue: Eland

Sex of ‘Patient’: Male

Date of Rescue: 13th April 2017

Activity Description:
ANAW in collaboration with KWS responded to an emergency call to rescue an Eland that was in need of medical attention.

Area of Rescue: Maanzoni Ranch, Machakos County

Actual Work Done:

ANAW received a distress call on April 13th concerning an Eland that was spotted at Maanzoni Ranch with a wire snare on the neck. The call was made to us by one of the guardians of the ranch. ANAW later informed KWS Vet Dr Njoroge who assembled his team ready to deploy. ANAW and KWS Teams responded immediately and arrived at the scene within an hour’s time.


Eland had a wire snare on the neck.

After darting and restraint, the wire snare was physically removed and the individual immediately revived.

Strangulation was minimal thus minor damage to the surrounding neck tissue. The animal was eventually let loose.

Pictorial representation of the Eland Rescue:

Male Sub-adult with a wire snare on the neck Wire snare being removed by ANAW Vet Dr Dennis Bahati
Eland raising after revival Eland after release

Activity Outcomes:

  1. Eland was successfully darted and snare removed.
  2. Minimal damage had been inflicted with no trauma to the neck and surrounding muscles. After removal of the snare,
  3. After removal of the snare, the animal was revived and let loose.

General Observations:

  1. More patrols required to be done by the guardians to spot any snared animal.
  2. Outstanding teamwork was exhibited among the different teams involved – ANAW, KWS and Maanzoni Guides, ensuring the successful darting and removal of the snare.

Moving Forward:
After the rescue activity, Guardians were encouraged to be custodians of the wildlife species within the ranch and continue reporting any cases of snared animals or poaching activities.