Henry Lekochere – Team Leader John Malonza Samuel Masaku Rajab Fundi
During the month of January the Burra Team patrolled the following areas: Sagalla Ranch, Mbulia Ranch, Ndii area and Ngutuni Ranch.
A total of 220 snares were lifted in all areas patrolled. Most snares collected targeted small game. One Dikdik was rescued from a snare at Ndii area and released back into the wild. One snared Dikdik carcass was found at Mbulia Ranch. The Team found a poachers’ hideout at Sagalla Ranch. The Team attempted to ambush the poacher to no avail, the hideout was destroyed.
During the months patrols there has been a slight decrease in poaching activity occurring. The most likely reason is due to the arrival of the rains and hence most Community members are busy ending to their farms. The rains have however not come in the amounts predicted and towards the end of the month dry conditions have again taken hold and hence this is likely to only be a temporary pattern.
Out of all areas patrolled during January this area had the highest levels of poaching activity. A total of 112 snares were lifted, most of which targeted small game such as Dikdik.
A total of 15 snares targeting medium game were lifted. This number shows a marked decrease in poaching activity however with dry conditions now continuing this is only a short break from the drought and the Team fears further increases unless rains continue to come. The remains of a poached Dikdik were found during patrols.
Ndii Area & Ngutuni Ranch
A total of 74 snares were lifted between the railway line and the Park fence boundary.