2 days, 2 game reserves, 2 young elephant bulls saved from very infected snares.
Operations like these are often life-saving, as the infection and lack of manoeuvrability make it hard for the snared elephant to stay with their family. If we don’t intervene, the animals will eventually get too sick and weak to keep up with their herd. Removing the snared gives almost immediate relief, and survival rates are very high! We need your help to keep saving animals and preventing them from becoming collateral of subsistence poaching! 100% of your donations goes fully towards conservation operations like this, as well as preventative action such as research into elephant movement corridors and funding anti-poaching sweeps.
On Saturday, a young bull was spotted on a private concession in the Kruger Park with a cable snare that had caused a nasty, maggot infested wound on the elephants back leg. While the vets were removing the snare and treating the wound, mom and her new calf hung close by and they met up immediately after wake up. On Sunday, yet another elephant with a snared leg was spotted. Even younger than Saturday’s animal and moving on his own which is not right for his age. Fortunately there were a number of elephant herds in the area. Recovery will depend on him catching up with his herd but we are hopeful! Both snare wounds were heavily infected and deep, but recovery rates after removing the snares are extremely high!
We were able to respond quicky to these emergency situations because of donations from our supporters and guests. Please click here to help us, help them!
Huge thanks to Joel from Wildscapes vets and Jana from Hope For Wildlife Helicopters for spending their weekend saving these animals in need, as well as our co-funders, Down To The Wire, African Wildlife Vets and Blue Sky Society!