Faru Team Burra Update: 01 December 2008
Henry Lekochere – team leader Samuel Odero Peter Wambua Ezra Mbuthia Samuel Masaku Rajab Fundi
Area of operation:
During the month of December, the Burra team covered the following areas: Sagalla ranch, Mgeno ranch, Dida Harea, and the Ndii area.
126 SNARES RECOVERED 2 ARRESTS
FINDINGS During the months operations the team lifted a total of 126 snares, 74 of which targeted big game with 52 targeting small game.
Observable evidence: There has been a decline in the level of snaring this month in comparison to last month which is attributed to the fact that it is the rainy season and the communities bordering the park are busy tending to their farms and thus most of them are not really engaging in poaching activities.
SAGALLA RANCH The most exciting and interesting event for the team in this area was the fact that we rescued a Dikdik from a snare and thus saved it from a very painful death. While patrolling we heard a scream from a nearby bush and rushed to investigate. We found the Dikdik fighting to escape from the snare that had trapped it. The more the Dikdik struggled the tighter the snare became slowly suffocating it.
MGENO RANCH 19 snares were lifted during our patrols in Mgeno ranch.
NDII AREA We ended the months desnaring activities by patrolling the Ndii area. The team was able to arrest two poachers when they entered the park to check the snares that they had set.
DIDA HAREA This area has been extremely dry as there has been no rain and the water windmill in the area broke. The team worked tirelessly together with Bob Harries engineers to repair the windmill.
Report by Henry Lekochere