October was an exceptionally dry month with communities living around the parks becoming increasingly desperate as the dry weather continued. As a result poaching for bush meat escalated as did the intrusion of livestock into the Parks and Reserves.
The teams recovered 493 snares, noting that there was also a sudden increase in the incidence of cable snares targeting elephants. The teams also reported a rise in poisoned arrow incidences and the use of a more effective poison.
A total of seven elephant carcasses were visited on the ground having died from expected arrow poisoning, one leaving a young calf that was rescued. The ground teams also assisted in several elephant treatments alongside the DSWT/KWS Amboseli and Tsavo vets.
You can read more about each team’s activities in the DSWT’s monthly Anti-Poaching Report: