Immobilization of African buffaloes (Syncerus caffer coffer) in large numbers for veterinary research
Article first published online: 29 APR 2008
African Journal of Ecology
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 113–120, June 1976
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DRÄGER, N., PATTERSON, L. and BRETON, D. (1976), Immobilization of African buffaloes (Syncerus caffer coffer) in large numbers for veterinary research. African Journal of Ecology, 14: 113–120. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.1976.tb00156.x
- Issue published online: 29 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 29 APR 2008
- Manuscript received 4 February 1974
Four hundred and eleven African buffaloes were immobilized with etorphine hydrochloride (M99, Reckitts) and sampled under difficult conditions in North Western Botswana. The buffaloes were darted from a helicopter in 36 days. 584 darts were fired giving a success rate of 70-5%. Various age groups in three separate buffalo populations were included.
The technique and difficulties encountered when working from a helicopter are described. Mechanical failure of the darting equipment was negligible.
A breakdown of the costs involved is given and a comparison made with similar work carried out solely from land vehicles.