Out of 714 snares collected in total during the month of June, over 340 were found by the Ithumba and Tiva teams and over 100 by the Burra team. During each dry season in the greater Tsavo area the ground teams are aware of the increased threat of bush-meat poaching activities caused by the increase in demand for meat in the communities bordering the Parks and protected areas as well as further afield to satisfy a growing commercial bush-meat trade.
Overall during June, the teams also made 53 arrests including the apprehension of two ivory poachers in Meru National Park and 12 bush-meat poachers who were arrested in the act with snares, kilograms of bush-meat and other poaching tools. Other arrests included logging and charcoal offenders as well as livestock herders illegally grazing their cattle in the Parks.
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