Buffalo TB testing on Thanda Reserve
29 Oct 2010 | Wildlife ACT
Ten buffalo bulls were being held in the boma on Thanda Reserve this month, for a 2 week quarantine period before being sold to another reserve. Wildlife ACT volunteers got to see the 10 Buffalo bulls darted, and observe the veterinarians testing for Tuberculosis (TB).
The Buffalo had all been darted a few days previously and had capsules put into their necks subcutaneously. The vets subsequently checked to see whether there was any excess swelling where the capsule had been placed. (Any swelling would indicate the presence of TB). All of Thanda’s Buffalo passed this test and were declared clean. This was a good learning opportunity for the volunteers, who enjoyed it immensely