Mugie Ranch – 21st May – update on injured elephant

Another Elephant Death on Mugie. This makes it 17 animals and being pregnant you can call it 18!

Cause of death: Euthanised by KWS
Tusks: Recovered

Coordinates: 0°42’03.9″N 36°37’30.4″

Yesterday (20 May 2017) we found a pregnant elephant (approx 35-40yrs age) who could not get up. It appeared that she had a weakness in the rear right leg, but we couldn’t see any wounds on the Elephant. We communicated with the vet Matthew Mutinda through video message and phone. He advised to do everything we could to give the elephant a chance and if there was no possibility of her recovering to euthanize to minimise suffering.

We turned her over and found a wound on the knee of the rear right leg. We gave her hay and water and monitored throughout the night.

In the morning her condition had deteriorated. We sent another video message to the vet. With the vets advice the KWS patrol based on Mugie euthanised her. 

We recovered the tusks.

On closer inspection of the rear right leg, there was a small entry wound on the rear of the thigh and the wound in the knee was an exit wound, in a straight line from behind as if she had been “running” away. There was a long channel inside leading to the exit wound with some amount of rot in the flesh, suggesting that the gunshot had been sustained some days ago.

10 thoughts on “Mugie Ranch – 21st May – update on injured elephant

  1. And this from people who foster the image of being at one with nature since time immemorial. Custodians of the land unlike the white colonists who just pillage and plunder.
    It hurts every time I see pictures like this. Difficult to find any sympathy for these poor starving pastoralists.


    • This breaks my heart and is disgusting that humans think they can use other living creatures for whatever they deem nessary. Animal cruelty needs to stop


    • and who are being paid by the white colonists. People who are starving or whose children are starving will do anything. Easy for us to say otherwise from our high comfy perches behind our computers, sipping coffee with the air conditioner on and the refrigerator whirring in the background…just sayin’.


      • Agreed. But the starvation is caused by the combination of pastoral practices that can no longer guarantee survival in today’s Kenya. 60 years ago, my father worked for the Kenya Veterinary Department and one of his tasks was to establish abbatoires in the NFD so that semi-nomadic pastoralists could cull their herds by slaughtering weaker animals. They could sell every part of the animal, thus introducing them to the cash economy. However, most pastoralists simply cannot accept that 5 healthy cows are better than 500 starving cows. That shift in thinking has simply never caught on. The abbatoires lie abandoned all over Turkana and Laikipia…in Maralal and other places. I myself grew up on a cattle farm in Athi River. Just last year, out of nostalgia, I bought 4 cows that live with a Masai friend in Kitengela. Perhaps I have contributed to the problem without realizing it.

        In any case, I wonder what measures the Kenya government could possibly take to get this situation under control. In my view, there is nothing to be done. Time will take its toll. As grazing diminishes and drought returns, livestock will starve. People will starve and start killing each other for a chicken. There will be constant war between herders, farmers and even urban residents.

        Yes, we are complacent in our comfort zones. But this cricis is man-made.


    • Chris Dunford…did you marry Shirley Jolley? Sorry for interrupting the vrry important conversation going on here, but I just returned from Australia and last I heard many years ago was that you had moved there.
      Best from Iki Mann


  2. This is Iki Mann (known in US as Kenny), friend of Chrissie Aldrich. Such unspeakable tragedy that does not seem to be gaining world media coverage. Would it be OK if I post this on FB? I do not wish to endanger anyone…merely to rally some international support, perhaps.


  3. We may have missed something here with reference to the ongoing and brutal carnage of the Laikipia elephant population, but where are the voices of those prominent in the protection of/research into/international concern for these endangered creatures; those so vocal over the illegal ivory trade? Where is the voice of the Kenyan body tasked with the custodianship of wildlife?

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