Mathew Kiura – team leader Boro Gitau Samuel Odero Samuel Msaku Peter Wambua 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of October, the Burra team concentrated its de-snaring operations in the following areas: Dokota, Ngutuni, Mbulia group ranch, Ndii/Irima, Marawenyi, Lualenyi, Mugeno ranch and Taita sisal estate. Our operations involved foot and vehicle patrols, reconnaissance and ambushes.
137 SNARES RECOVERED 1 ARREST
A total of 137 snares were lifted, 28 of which targeted large and medium sized game like Zebras, Buffaloes and gazelles, with 109 targeting small game, especially Dikdiks.
The rains experienced in the Taita Taveta district during the past month have resulted in the rejuvenation of the vegetation in the area. We were able to arrest a poacher called Samson Gura Omar who was in possession of three dead Dikdiks that he was in the process of slaughtering them.
Dokota No poaching activities were found in this area with the exception of an abandoned poacher’s hideout.
Ngutuni Several snares were lifted that targeted both small and large game. The snares had been recently set and we believe that they all belong to one individual who is very familiar with the area and the behavior of the animals found here.
Ndii The snares lifted from this area were mainly large snares that targeted big game.
Ngutuni Snaring in the Ngutuni area has declined thins month due to the frequent patrols that are carried out by the team.
Lualenyi/Mugeno/Taita Sisal Estate It has been reported to us that there is a lot of night poaching taking place in these areas. Due to the adverse weather conditions the team was not able to conduct frequent dusk and dawn ambushes. However the few ambushes that we did carry out did not yield any results other than to attempt to deter the poachers by making our presence felt.
Mbulia The number of snares that were found in this area has declined in comparison to the past months. All the snares recovered targeted small game.
Kajire Like the snares found at Mbulia, the snares lifted in the Kajire area targeted small game.
Community The team conducted environmental education programs via video shows and talks in various schools in the area.
The children from Kaloleni children’s home together with students from Kalela primary school were treated to a field trip.
Report by Mathew Kiura