Dr. Max Krings’ Successful Wildebeest Collaring Operation

Dr Max Krings assisted Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the French Academic Research Agency collar a wildebeest recently. The wildebeest cow was recumbent within 4 minutes after darting.

As soon as she went down, Max rushed to her to position her into sternal recumbency. This is important to aid in breathing and subsequently oxygenation of the animal’s blood. Ruminants also salivate excessively when immobilized and it is important to ensure that the tongue is pulled out and that the mouth is facing downwards. This is to allow drainage of excess saliva. The wildebeest cow was successfully collared.