Faru Team Burra Update: 01 June 2005
Isaac Maina John Malonza Samuel Adero Peter Wambua Mwoni Ikuthu Rangers – Mugendi, Mutie, Lenaola, Langat
This month we patrolled Irima, Ndii, Ngutuni, The Sagalla and Kajire ranches and Mariwenyi
248 SNARES RECOVERED
The month was characterized by an initial dry spell followed by cold weather. Although we visited all the above areas most of our operations were concentrated around the Sagalla and Kajire ranches. During the month we were able to arrest 3 poachers.
While patrolling the Sagalla ranch we were able to apprehend a poacher who was in possession of 2 Dikdiks, a catapult and 20 snares. He also had 4 dogs with him who aided him in his poaching efforts. The poacher was from Kajire village and in addition to poaching was also a charcoal burner.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH We had a very busy and eventful few days in the week leading up to the world environmental day on June 5th. In conjunction with a local youth group we carried out cleanup exercises in Voi town and its suburbs. We also planted trees and showed videos geared towards sensitizing the communities about conservation. The week long exercises took place in Voi town, Sophia, Sikujua, Kaloleni, Kariokor-Tanzania and Mambomani estates. In these areas we conducted clean-up exercises, distributed trees, and demonstrated how the trees should be planted. We also visited Marapu, Ikanga (Irima), Mariwenyi area, and Mwambiti secondary school which while carrying out our activities in Voi. More than five thousand seedlings were distributed courtesy of Voi municipal council, the Voi youth forum and the Voi forest department. Each evening we screened a video show entitled “running dry”. We also presented a lecture about bush meat, littering, and the need for a greener town, all of which was in line with this year’s environmental theme “Greener Town”. The environmental week brought together individuals form various communities, in and around Voi town, with the final climax being on Sunday when all the communities merged together in Voi stadium. On June 28th we presented 50 desks to Kajire primary school and 48 desks to Gideo Mosi.Both schools are located in the Kajire area. The function which was attended by parents and the villagers, and was also attended by the areas District and Education Officers, the area councilor as well as the local administration and KWS representatives.
Report by Isaac Maina