Elephant Rescue Uganda

Elephant Rescue Uganda

In 2014, a friend, Verity White and I made 4 films for the Uganda Conservation Foundation (UCF)

The goal was to raise awareness of UCF - the small charity that plays an important part in helping Uganda's wildlife by providing infrastructure and funding; our films covered Elephant, Giraffe and much more.

To help raise further funds, Barcroft media have distributed some of the key clips to news organisations, like the Daily Mail - the proceeds go to UCF

This was a story about a female Elephant that a ranger and I found, on the edge of a small swamp. The Ele's foot was clearly injured, but none of us appreciated what had happened until the animal was tranquillised.

Darting an Elephant is not an easy business; if they fall in the wrong location, it is impossible to move them, so getting the female away from water was critical, as allowing her to drown was not an option.
This is the text that accompanied the piece in the Daily Mail:
Brave moment vets risk their lives to help a distressed elephant injured by a poacher's snare in Uganda
  • A team of Ugandan vets risked their lives to help an elephant with an infected leg
  • The female elephant had been caught and freed from a poacher's snare 
  • But the would had become infected with maggots in the days after her release
  • The vets went out on foot to make sure they could get her to a place of safety  

A brave team of veterinarians risked their lives to rescue an elephant with an infected wound crawling with maggots in Uganda.
Wildlife film producer, Verity White and her team were filming the darting of a giraffe with the Uganda Wildlife Authority Vet Team in Murchison Falls National Park, when they came across the limping elephant. 
Verity said: 'The elephant had previously had a snare removed from its leg but infection had set in, she was very weak and needed further treatment from the veterinary team.'
The Elephant had become trapped in a heavy wire snare and pulling to release her foot, has managed to strip all the skin from the lower part of her leg and foot.

Once tranquillised, her leg and foot were cleaned, and sprayed with veterinary antiseptic spray - the purple spray beloved of farmers in the UK. A substantial antibiotic injection was also administered.

Following treatment, an antidote to the anaesthetic was applied and after a short delay, the Ele stumbled to her feet and limped off. She was darted and treated a second time two weeks later and went on to make a full recovery.

Happy endings are not just for fairy tales!

The original film and others in the series can be seen HERE

All images are frame grabs from film by myself and Verity - so © is joint: