Team work leads to a successful rescue
October 2 2014

A joint operation between the Victoria Falls Anti-poaching Unit, the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, and the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has been a success.

A female kudu had sustained a deep wound to her ear while trapped in a poacher’s wire snare.  The injury required urgent treatment, so the team set about locating the animal.  Once sedated, they were able to move in to assess the wound and carry out appropriate treatment.  Unfortunately, the damaged ear required amputation.  Once the procedure had been carried out, the drug was reversed and the kudu was able to re-join the rest of the herd.  Having monitored her over the last week to check on her condition, the news is positive.  The kudu is making a good recovery and doesn’t appear to be suffering any lasting effects from her ordeal.

While this animal represents a successful rescue, incidents like this are nothing new in the fight to protect African wildlife from suffering a slow and painful death at the hands of poachers.  Only by carrying out patrols seven days a week - day and night - can the Victoria Falls Anti-poaching Unit stand a chance of being able to control poaching in its many forms.  As a non-profit organisation, funding is an on-going issue.  Please help support the work undertaken by the Victoria Falls Anti-poaching Unit by Sponsoring an Anti-poaching Scout here.

Darting and treating the female kudu

The original wound and results of the treatment

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