Animal in Rescue: Zebra

Sex of ‘Patient’: Female

Date of Rescue: 19th May 2017

Activity Description:
ANAW in collaboration with KWS responded to two cases of a female zebra and its foal both caught with wire snares.

Area of Rescue: Maanzoni Ranch, Machakos County

Actual Work Done:

ANAW received a distress call from one of the Maanzoni guardians concerning two zebras that were spotted with wire snares within the ranch. The case was unique because it involved a female and its foal.  The Rescue team comprising of Dr. Njoroge- KWS Vet, 2 Vet Assistants and one ANAW Vets Dr Dennis Bahati set out to immobilise and treat both animals.

The female had a snare on the neck while the foal had one on the left limb.

Both individuals were successfully restrained and snares removed. For the female, minimal damage had been inflicted with no trauma to the skin and surrounding muscles, however, the foal had sustained massive damage to muscle and nerve tissue that required immediate assessment and treatment. After removal of the snares, both animals were revived and let loose.

Pictorial representation of the Eland Rescue:

Adult female zebra with a wire snare on the neck Wire snare on the neck being removed by ANAW Vet Dr Bahati Adult female zebra being released after wire snare was removed Foal with wire snare on the left foot
Wire snare removed from the affected limb ANAW Vet Dr Bahati treating the affected limb Foal being released after treatment Apprehended suspect caught slaughtering dead zebra

General Observations: 

As the team was headed to Maanzoni they intercepted two individuals that were slaughtering a zebra that had been hit by a vehicle and died. One individual escaped while the other was captured and handed over to relevant authorities.

Outstanding teamwork was exhibited among the different teams involved – ANAW and KWS, ensuring the successful darting and removal of the snare.

Moving Forward:
Guardians were encouraged to continue their mandate of being custodians of the wildlife species within the ranch and report any cases of snared animals or poaching activities.