As Edwin stood there, with his eyes sunk, he imagined how much pain and distress these two male zebras were experiencing.
January 31, 2018 was not like any other day for Maanzoni Ranch Guardian, Edwin Lemiso. He had woken up early, as usual, to make rounds in the expansive Maanzoni Ranch, about 70Kms East of Nairobi Capital, to assess the well-being of the beautiful wildlife species in his custody. Whistling and listening to his pocket radio, Lemiso briskly walked through the animal-made pathways on the dry grass, appreciating the good health most of the animals seemed to have. At one of the far corners of the ranch, he noticed a peculiar behavior exhibited by some two male zebras huddled together. They seemed unperturbed and unmoved by his presence, contrary to what they would do under normal circumstance. While others were hopping away at his sight, those two zebras didn’t move an inch till he was a few meters towards them, when they painstakingly limped away.
Switching off his radio for a closer and eventual examination, Mr. Lemiso noticed that they were in pain as one dragged a wire snare logged on its left forelimb, on the fetlock joint. The other zebra had a snare on its neck and seemed to be writhing in excruciating pain.
As Edwin stood there, with his eyes sunk, he imagined how much pain and distress these animals were experiencing. He racked up his mind and he knew who to call for help; ANAW and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). When the distress call was received, the ever on-standby ANAW Veterinarian, Dr. Bahati reached out to KWS and within an hour the two teams were at the ranch ready to rescue the two male zebras from the pain inflicted on them by some bushmeat-salivating poachers.
Upon close prognosis after darting and immobilizing the hurting zebras, the vets realized there were severe tissue damages on both animals. The snares were removed, and the animals released to join their folks.
Mr. Lemiso could not hide his joy, “I am very happy to see the zebras not in pain. Thank you, ANAW and KWS.” Gawking at the team, he added, “It is because of what you do, that we shall conserve the heritage of these animals and generations to come will thank you for your continuous good job. Thank you.” He picked up his guiding stick, and walked away with shoulders lifted high, perhaps to monitor and counter-check the welfare of the rest of the species before the vets could leave.
ANAW has a deep understanding that all animals are sentient beings and they suffer when in pain caused by a myriad of factors, poachers’ vice practices being one of them. ANAW has therefore dedicated resources through our funding partners, and able teams to ensure these emergencies are responded to within the shortest time possible. KWS has been a reliable partner in saving these animals wherever they have been alerted. To them, we say ‘thank you’.