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Rescue Efforts at Niassa Special Reserve: Collaborative Mission to Aid an Injured Elephant

Between 18th and 19th of August, the team received a report concerning a 30-year-old elephant that fell victim to a snare in Block L8 at Niassa Special Reserve (NSR).

In collaboration with ANAC, Lion Recovery Fund (LRF), Niassa Carnivore Project (NCP), and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the MWA team undertook a 2-day mission to assist this animal.

The team acted quickly, using a helicopter to tranquilize the elephant. However, due to the unique physiology of the elephant, it fell into a suboptimal position as it succumbed to the tranquilizer.

Upon the careful removal of the snare, there was hope that the elephant might recover and return to its natural habitat. Unfortunately, nature had other plans, and despite the team's diligent efforts and the support of our partners, the elephant made three determined attempts to regain consciousness. Regrettably, with each attempt, its strength diminished.

Though this elephant's journey was tragically cut short, it serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle to protect the precious wildlife that inhabits our planet and the steadfast commitment to make a positive impact, regardless of the outcome.


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