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On the 12th of May 2016 a small female leopard cub was brought into our Tsavo Trust HQ in the kamungi community conservancy, which boarders Tsavo East National park (TENP). She weighed a fraction over 1kg and her eyes had just begun to peel open and it was a further two weeks before she could properly focus and walk without bumping into anything. We estimated her age to be 10 to 14 days on arrival. She was not in very good condition and it was obvious she had been away from her mother for sometime.
The leopard cub had been picked up by Kenya wildlife service (KWS) rangers while patrolling outside the northern boundary of Tsavo East National park. It was suspected that her mother had been poisoned by local villagers possibly due to stock killing. “Dotty” was successfully cared for in purpose-built enclosures by Tsavo Trust with expert guidance from IFAW @action4ifaw and large carnivore experts.
Tsavo Trust cared for Dotty at considerable expense, before a soft release in Tsavo East NP, where she was successfully tracked and observed following an agreed post Release Monitoring plan developed and implemented by KWS, Tsavo Trust and IFAW
Dotty spent 3 months in the wild, fending for herself successfully, before her satellite collar came off. The rehabilitation and release of Dotty provided a great deal of experience and data, and showed that through close collaboration between partner organizations, such rehabilitation programs can be done, giving the chance of a free and wild life to an orphaned animal.