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Giraffe Trapped in Snare

As part of our expansion in Mozambique, we are taking a look at some of the cases recently attended by our vet in the region, Dr Joao Amleida.

4 Y/O Male Giraffe with Leg Snare

We were called in by the Maputo special reserve head ranger to assist with a 4-year-old male giraffe. This graffe was severely lame due to what seemed to be a cable snare around its right front limb.

We had a quick briefing with the highly motivated team from ANAC and PPF. Then we set off to dart the injured giraffe. As soon as the anaesthetic kicked in the giraffe was brought down with ropes. We then blindfolded and had the immobilising drug partially reversed. We found a badly infected old wound. It was likely caused by a cable snare that was tight around the bone.

The cable was cut, wound cleaned and antibiotics administered. The giraffe was released back to one of the most beautiful conservation areas in the world – Maputo Special reserve.

This operation would not have been possible without the help of ANAC ranger Mr Natércio, Brian Neubert from PPF, Miguel Parreira, Miguel Almeida and Pedro Calém.

As you can see at the end of this video, there is a huge amount of people and logistics involved in these operations. This is why your donations are so important.