By Mark Hodge @Mrhodgey

A HEROIC team of vets successfully treat a giraffe after it was caught in a poacher's deadly snare

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Since the UWA anti-poaching programme, there are only be 3-4 cases per year of giraffes being caught by snares in the Delta area of Murchison

The veterinary team at the Uganda Conservation Foundation (UCF), in partnership with rangers at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), have helped curb the devastating effects of these indiscriminate traps in Murchison Falls National Park.

An endangered Rothschild Giraffe against the backdrop of a beautiful sun soaked sky

Mike Keigwin, head of the UCF, says that animals such as the endangered Rothschild giraffe are still at risk.

The veterinary team at the Uganda Conservation Foundation help curb the devastating effects of traps

He said: “Since the UWA anti-poaching programme, there are only be 3-4 cases per year of giraffes being caught by snares in the Delta area of Murchison - previously it was 2-3 per month.

Th team surround the injured giraffe

“However, in other areas, where rangers are less able to sustain patrol coverage, giraffes are often caught, and we are sometimes too late to save them.”

A giraffe crashes to the ground after being shot by a tranquilliser dart

There are 130 armed rangers patrolling Murchison Falls who are leading the fight against poaching.

The veterinary team at the Uganda Conservation Foundation help curb the devastating effects of traps

And while the Rothschild Giraffe is the under serious threat from extinction, the population in Uganda is the largest in the world - meaning its protection is vital to the survival of the species.

The giraffe has rope tied around its legs to keep it still

Keigwin says that it is important to raise awareness of poaching and the vital work of rangers.

The team cover the long-necked animal's eyes

He said: “The rangers are very brave – countering armed gangs and doing their best with limited resources.

The injured leg is treated with antiseptic spray

“This sort of footage helps to motivate people and that can only help the survival of elephants, lions, and of course the Rothschild Giraffe.”