Dr. Johan attends to another Elephant with a Snare wound
A young Bull Elephant was reported to walk with difficulty in one of our reserves in South Africa. Suspecting it was another poaching snare injury, Dr. Johan raced to see what could be done.
Under the guidance of the local rangers, The STS Team in South Africa quickly located the injured male. With his usual precision, our head Vet darted the gentle giant, immobilising him so that we could examine the swollen hindlimb.
It was found that the Elephant had in fact caught a snare a while ago, however the wound had healed, the wire was gone and the damage was not too serious. We will monitor his recovery, but Dr. Johan is confident that the bull will improve more over the next few months.
Thank you to the rangers and staff for their attentiveness and quick action and to all our supporters, without whom we could not be on hand to care for Africa’s Wildlife.
Why are Elephants important?
Elephants are keystone species, meaning they play a critical role in shaping their habitats and altering ecosystems. The Savanna Elephant is the largest species of Elephant and the largest land mammal. They are vital in the maintenance of the ecosystems they live in. For example, they help to reduce tree densities by trampling samplings and knocking trees over. This helps to keep Savannahs open, which allows other species to thrive.
Check out our Education pages to learn more about Elephants and other African species.
This means it is vital that we treat and save every Elephant we are called to help. We can only do this with your support.
How can I help to save Elephants?
You can help save the Elephant by supporting the work we do. Please consider donating to become either a one off or monthly donor. Everything you give goes directly towards helping Africas vulnerable wildlife such as the Elephant.
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