Mathew Kiura – team leader Samuel Odero Peter Wambua John Malonza Michael Mwaura Peter Ndungu Samuel Masaku 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of January, the Burra team covered the following areas: Ndii/Irima, Manyani, Tsavo River, Ngutuni/Bachuma, Taita Sisal Estate, Mugeno, Mbulia group ranch, Westerman Conservation area/Sagala ranch/Kajire and the Voi area.
78 SNARES RECOVERED
A total of 78 snares were lifted, all of which targeted small game.
Following the heavy rains the number of snares found was relatively low as there is an abundance of food in the areas neighboring the park. The fields are all green and the vegetation is very thick contributing to the decline in poaching. However the continued destruction of the wildlife habitats is an ongoing issue in almost all the areas that the Burra de-snaring team patrolled, with the destruction of vegetation and charcoal burning being observed in several areas.
Manyani / Tsavo River Snares targeting small game were lifted in this area. The snares were found in close proximity to the road and we suspect that the residents of the Manyani market center were responsible for setting them. The team also came across remnant charcoal kilns.
Ndii / Irima There was a shift in activities in this area, from snaring to illegal logging.
Ngutuni / Bachuma area There were no poaching activities observed in this area. However illegal grazing is still an issue.
Westerman conservation area / Sagala ranch / Kajire Several snares were lifted in this area but like in all the other areas that were patrolled the destruction of vegetation was the main issue.
Mbulia group ranch Snaring has reduced greatly following our frequent patrols in the area.
Taita sisal estate and Mugeno ranch Snares targeting small game were lifted in this area.
Voi area The team members lifted the highest number of snares from this area.
COMMUNITY WORK The team conducted several community education and extension exercises aimed at sensitizing the community about the importance of conserving their natural resources, particularly wildlife and their habitats. The schools visited by the team were Kalambe and Giba primary schools.
Report by Mathew Kiura