Faru Team Burra Update: 01 January 2009
Henry Lekochere – team leader Samuel Odero Peter Wambua Ezra Mbuthia Samuel Masaku Rajab Fundi Two KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of January, the Burra team covered the following areas: Ndii, Taita Ranch, Ngutuni Ranch, Taita-Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and Mbulia Ranch.
243 SNARES RECOVERED2 ARRESTS
FINDINGS During the months operations the team lifted a total of 243 snares, 116 of which targeted big game and 127 targeting small game.
Tsavo East National Park has been experiencing a dry spell this past month which has been characterized by cold weather, wind and a lot of dust. The farming communities in the area are idle and are turning to poaching, as they have no crops to tend to in their farms, which has caused an increase in the amount of snaring taking place.
NDII The month’s desnaring exercises began in and around the Ndii area where 35 snares were lifted most of which targeted large game.
TAITA RANCH No recent illegal activities were seen during our patrols in the ranch. However we did come across some animal carcasses which shows that poaching was taking place here in the past.
NGUTUNI RANCH During our patrols at the Ngutuni ranch we lifted 16 snares all of which targeted large game. We also came across a buffalo carcass and the carcass of a bull elephant.The elephant had been hit by a cargo train traveling through the area. By the time we arrived at the site the community people had already butchered the dead elephant for the meat.
TAITA HILLS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY The Taita Hills wildlife sanctuary has a permanent water source, which during the dry season, attracts animals from Tsavo west national park and other ranches in the areas. During our patrols we came across a buffalo carcass. The buffalo had been slaughtered by poachers and its head had been left hanging in a tree.The team was able to lift 65 snares in the area all of which targeted large game.
MBULIA RANCH Mbulia ranch which lies on the western side of Tsavo East National Park neighboring Tsavo West National park was the last area to be patrolled by the team during the month’s operations.127 snares were lifted during our patrols.
Report by Henry Lekochere