Mathew Kiura – team leader Samuel Odero Peter Wambua John Malonza Peter Ndungu Samuel Masaku Nikodemus Kivindyo 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of August, the Burra team covered the following areas: Ndii/Irima, Mbulia, Taita Ranch, Mugeno ranch, Salt lick and Lualenyi Ranch.
284 SNARES RECOVERED 3 ARRESTS
During the teams operations in the month of August a total of 284 snares were lifted.
With the onset of the dry season, destructive activities have been on the rise in the park. The team has noticed an increase in the number of snares being set, especially in the community ranches where the movement of individuals is unrestricted. The team spent a lot of time patrolling these ranches during the months desnaring activities.
Ngutuni Most of the 34 snares lifted from this area targeted small game. We visited Ngutuni several times to ensure that more snares were not being set in our absence.
Ndii/Irima We have noticed that snaring in this area is once again on the rise. A total of 68 snares were lifted which is more than what was lifted in the same area in July. We were able to arrest two men for the offence of logging in the park.
Mugeno Ranch Here we realized that snaring takes place in conjunction with illegal logging and charcoal burning.
Mbulia group Ranch All of the snares lifted in this area targeted small game. We were able to arrest a man who was found in possession of snares.
Lualenyi/Salt Lick The level of snaring in this area is alarming with a total of 86 snares being lifted. We believe that the perpetrators are practicing shifting poaching whereby they shift from one area to another as soon as they realize that there activities have been noticed. During our patrols we came across the carcass of a dead giraffe and a dead buffalo.
Taita Ranch All 29 snares lifted in this area were found to target large game.
Report by Mathew Kiura