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Treating Injured Grevy's Zebras.

November 25, 2004 Sara Spendrup

On the 23rd of November we got a report about an injured Grevy's zebra male. After lunch the darting team set off to immobilize the animal to treat his wounds. They found him and darted him successfully, but unfortunately he ended up in a crack caused by erosion inside a lugga (dry river bed) where it was impossible to move him from, so the team had to treat him on the spot.

The wound on his rump was huge but very fresh suggesting he had been attacked the very same day. After some cleaning and a huge dose of antibiotics he was revived. The recovery from the drugs was quick and within minutes he was out of the lugga and had joined his herd.

While driving back form this successful mission the team ran into another injured Grevy's zebra. This time it was a young male, probably not more than eight months old. The wounds also proved to be from a lion attack, but this time it must have happened a few days ago. The wounds were situated around his neck and they were very infected and dirty. He was darted and treated in the same way as the older zebra and his prognosis is looking good. We suspect that he lost his mother in the lion attack. Although he is now orphaned he has joined up with other Grevy's zebra for protection.

The Security and Research Departments will monitor these two zebras for the next week. Lewa endeavours to treat all cases of sick or wounded Grevy's zebra because they are endangered and declining so every individual