Mathew Kiura – team leader Samuel Odero Peter Wambua John Malonza Once casual - cook 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of December, the Burra team concentrated its activities in the area adjacent to the park as the heavy rains made most roads impassable.
112 SNARES RECOVERED
A total of 112 snares were lifted, 92 of which targeted small game, mainly Dikdik, 19 targeted medium sized game such as Gazelles, 1 targeting large game such as Zebras and Buffaloes.
Following the rains most of the poachers have abandoned their snaring efforts and have returned to their farms to tend to them. This however does not mean that snaring is not taking place as in some areas the number of snares lifted was high. There were however few poaching activities taking place in the park as well as in most of the community ranches with the exception being the Mbulia group ranch.
Buchuma/Maungu power line There were no snaring activities in this area. The team came across a dead zebra, whose death was not clearly established.
Ngutuni There were no poaching activities observed in this area. The team came across a lone, sickly buffalo that was resting under a tree.
Ndii/ Irima A few snares were found in these areas during the month of December. However the destruction of vegetation is still a problem in this area.
Ndara and Sagala ranches There were few snares found in these areas due to the frequent patrols carried out over the past two months. However as with Ndii and Irima the destruction of vegetation is still a problem.
Mbulia group ranch There was evidence of poaching and snaring in this area. Most of the snares lifted during the month were from here.
Voi area Despite its close proximity to the park headquarters the team lifted a moderate number of snares from this area.
Report by Mathew Kiura