Henry Lekochere – team leader Samuel Odero Peter Wambua Ezra Mbuthia Samuel Masaku Rajab Fundi 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of November, the Burra team covered the following areas: Ndii, Mbulia ranch, Sagalla ranch and Ngutuni ranch.
357 SNARES RECOVERED
FINDINGS During the months operations the team lifted a total of 357 snares, 149 of which targeted big game with 208 targeting small game.
Observable evidence: There has been an increase in the number of snares collected this month in comparison to last few months which showed a decrease in the number of snares being found. This shows that there is an increase in poaching outside of the protected areas, such as in the community ranches which could be due to the prolonged drought that has been experienced in the area. During times of drought the tendency is for the communities in the area to engage in poaching for sustenance.
NDII (inside the park) This month the Ndii area proved to be a poaching hotspot with a total of 161 snares being lifted by the team.
MBULIA RANCH The communities in this area which neighbour the park have been found to be notorious poachers who are constantly setting snares, with 48 snares all targeting small game being lifted.
SAGALLA RANCH The team found poaching in this ranch to be rampant with 77 snares, most of which targeted large game, being lifted.
NGUTUNI RANCH Ngutuni ranch was the last area that the team patrolled during the month’s desnaring anti-poaching operations. The carcasses of two elephants and one buffalo were found in the area.
Report by Henry Lekochere