Nicodemus Kivindyo – team leader Samuel Odero Peter Wambua John Malonza Samuel Masaku Rajab Fundi 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of August, the Burra team covered the following areas: Sagala ranch and the Wasterman’s area, Mwatate, Mgeno ranch, the Ndii area, and Mbulia ranch.
313 SNARES RECOVERED
FINDINGS. During the months operations the team lifted a total of 313 snares. Seventy one of the snares targeted large game with two hundred and forty two targeting small game.
Observable evidence: The month of August recorded an increase in the number of snares lifted with 313 being lifted, 105 snares more than last month.
Sagala ranch / Westerman area This ranch is very important as it is a migratory corridor for animals moving not only from Tsavo East to Tsavo west but also to Tanzania. For this reason the Burra desnaring team increased its patrols in the above areas. We were able to lift 60 snares, 10 of which targeted large game, with 50 targeting small and medium sized game.
Mwatate This area is adjacent to the Mwatete sisal estate and has small and medium sized game on it. The team patrolled this area and was able to lift 5 snares which targeted small game. We also came across the carcass of a goat that died after it had become caught in a snare.
Mgeno ranch This ranch is rich in biodiversity and is home to several herds of elephants. The ranch has two water dams which are a constant year round supply of water to the elephants as well as other animals. We lifted 32 snares all of which targeted large game. This shows that in addition to logging poaching is now a problem in the area. The area will be patrolled again next month in order to monitor the situation.
Ndii The team patrolled the entire area, both inside and outside the park. The area has suffered from bush fires with large parts of the area inside the park being burnt by unknown culprits.
Mbulia ranch This ranch borders Tsavo East national park and is a vital migratory corridor as the Ndii electric fence ends near the ranch. It allows grazing and browsing mammals to cross from the park to the ranch. During our operations in this area we lifted 99 snares, 23 of which targeted large game with 76 targeting small game. The remains of a snared Dikdik were also found.
Towards the end of the months desnaring operations the team came across an elephant that had gotten stuck in the mud along the Mzima Springs water pipeline. The water pipe had burst and the area had become water logged. The elephant got stuck in the mud when the herd passed by and stopped to have a drink. The Burra desnaring team worked together with the Tsavo vet team to dig the elephant out and free it.
Community work The team organized two conservation education initiatives carried out at Marungu and Kale. With the help of the provincial administration video shows were organized in both areas.
Report by Nicodemus Kivindyo