Nicodemus Kivindyo – team leader Samuel Odero Peter Wambua John Malonza Rajab Fundi Samuel Masaku 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of January, the Burra team covered the following areas: Saltlick area, Lualenyi ranch, Ndii/Irima, Sagala ranch, Maungu & Kasingau ranch.
85 SNARES RECOVERED
During the month of January the team lifted a total of 85 snares, 32 of which targeted large game and 53 targeting small game.
Some of the ranches visited during the course of the month had not received an adequate amount of rainfall over the past two months. The team noticed that the communities in these areas have started setting snares and are engaging in the commercial sale of bush meat. Evidence of this is the fresh snares found at Saltlick and Lualenyi ranches as well as the arrest of a poacher at Lualenyi ranch.
Saltlick Ranch This area and its environs received very little rainfall over the past couple of months. As a result the communities adjacent to the ranch have started settings snares. All 25 of the snares lifted, which targeted both small and large animals, are an indication that poaching is once again on the increase.
Ndii/Irima The vegetation in this area is thick which causes some difficulties during our operations. However the team was able to lift 10 snares all of which targeted small game.
Lualenyi Ranch This ranch which borders Saltlick also received low amounts of rainfall over the past few months. The team arrested a poacher in possession of 11 kilos of bush meat from Dikdiks and 18 kilos of bush meat from warthogs.
Sagala Ranch This area received a large amount of rainfall and for this reason we expected the community bordering the park to be busy harvesting. However, the team lifted 41 snares during our patrols, twenty two targeting large game and 19 targeting small game. Charcoal burning and illegal logging is also taking place. The ranch however still has enough vegetation to be able to support the wildlife found in the area.
Kasigau & Maungu Ranch A total of four big snares were lifted from both areas and logging was noticed to be taking place.
Community work The team donated 40 quality desks to Gimba primary school.
Report by Nicodemus Kivindyo