Faru Team Burra Update: 01 February 2008
Nicodemus Kivindyo – team leader Samuel Odero Peter Wambua John Malonza Rajab Fundi Samuel Masaku
Area of operation:
During the month of February, the Burra team covered the following areas: Kishushe ranch and the Maktau area (Tsavo West), Kasigau ranch, Ngutuni ranch, Sagala ranch and Lualenyi ranch.
205 SNARES RECOVERED
During the month of February the team lifted a total of 205 snares, 48 of which targeted large game and 157 targeting small game.
Generally the vegetation in all the areas patrolled has started to dry which means that the animals are feeding selectively and are converging at water holes where the vegetation is greener. Poachers are taking advantage of the conditions by setting snares along routes to the water holes and other marsh areas thus increasing their chances of trapping and killing animals in the snares.
Kishushe Ranch and Maktau area These two areas did not get a single drop of rain during the rainy season which has caused the communities around these areas to suffer as they were not able to farm and harvest any crops. For this reason many of the community members have turned to poaching. Evidence of this is the 115 snares that were lifted in these areas in the period of one week.
Kasigau Ranch With the help of the former community wildlife scouts the team lifted 43 snares, 3 of which targeted large game and the rest targeting small game.
Ngutuni Ranch The team lifted a total of 42 snares during its patrols in this area. 2 of the snares targeted large game and the rest targeted small game. The team also found a dead snared Dikdik.
Sagala Ranch A total of 6 snares were lifted all of which targeted large game.
Community work The team organized two ecological trips to Tsavo East and Tsavo West.
The Burra desnaring team also donated 40 desks to Sowa Primary school. The school and the students appreciated the desks and were thrilled to receive them and are ready to start using them.
Report by Nicodemus Kivindyo