Faru Team Burra Update: 01 February 2006
Alex Macharia – team leader Peter Gitau Peter Wambua John Malonza Ikutha Mwoni 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
The areas patrolled this month were Ngutuni, the areas in and around Gulalao and Galana, the Tsavo River, Manyani, Ndii and Irima
123 SNARES RECOVERED
1 POACHER ARRESTED
Operation settings. During the months operations it was noted that most of the poaching is taking place in the ranches, which are buffer zones, and are found adjacent to the park. We feel that this is due to the fact that our anti-poaching unit has increased its efforts in the park restricting poachers from carrying out their poaching activities. As a result the poachers have changed their strategies and are now concentrating their activities in the private ranches where wildlife is abundant and the constraints against them are practically non existent. For this reason we now try to follow the poachers to their hideouts. We are carrying out more ambushes and most of our operations are taking place at night. While patrolling at Ngutuni we were able to arrest a poacher who was setting snares.
Evidence of poachers. At Gulalo we found 7 hideouts that contained fire points. In these hideouts we found bones
At the Tsavo River footprints were seen along the river bank that led us to snares and the remains of a rotting elephant.
Community During the course of the month we visited various schools with the aim of educating the children about conservation.
In collaboration with Maungu wildlife club a clean up was organized along the Maungu-Voi area.
Report by Alex Macharia