Faru Team Burra Update: 01 September 2006
Mathew Kiura – team leader Boro Gitau Samuel Odero Samuel Msaku Peter Wambua 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of September, the Burra team concentrated its de-snaring operations in the following areas: Dokota, Bachuma, Maungu, Ndara plains, Sagala ranch, Kajire, Ngutuni, Ndii area, Mbulia group ranch, Manyani. Our operations involved foot and vehicle patrols, reconnaissance and dawn and dusk ambushes.
127 SNARES RECOVERED
A total of 136 snares were lifted, 8 targeting big game such as zebras and giraffe, 1 targeted medium game such as gazelles, and 127 targeting small game, such as dikdiks and birds.
The number of snares has reduced greatly which is an indication that poaching has also declined. However the dry conditions of the past months, continue, the result of which is that a lot of cattle are being brought into the park for grazing which causes retrogression through the destruction of natural habitats by domestic animals. Cattle also compete with the wildlife fro browse forcing the move to specific areas to feed.
Dokota/Bachuma The main problem encountered in these areas was the grazing of domestic animals in the park.
Maungu/Ndara plains Grazing in the park was also an issue in these areas which hundreds of animals entering the park. We noticed that where cattle grazing was taking place there were fewer wild animals.
Sagala ranch/Kajire Charcoal burning, logging for firewood and snaring of small game and birds were the issues most prevalent during our patrols.
Ngutuni Snaring in the Ngutuni area has declined thins month due to the frequent patrols that are carried out by the team.
Ndii area Due to the frequent patrols conducted by the Burra team it has been noticed that snaring has decreased in the Ndii area and that there has been an increase in the number of wildlife. Vandalism of the water pipeline continued this month with the team recovering 11 galvanized pipes that had been removed by the vandals.
Mbulia ranch Snaring has decreased at the Mbulia ranch; however logging is still a problem.
Community The month’s community activities took place at various schools where we showed wildlife videos and presented talks about wildlife conservation and environmental issues.
Report by Mathew Kiura