Duma Team Chyulu Update: 01 August 2006
James Mbuthia – team leader Julius Kyalo Nasarwa Esimegele David Wambua Isaiah Ndei Njafi Kinyaga KWS ranger Ali Shafi
Area of operation:
During the month of August the Chyulu team patrolled the following areas: Kimakiu, Mukurulo, Kithasyo, Kikunduku, Staellite, Jalai, Chyulu2 and Mwailu.
46 SNARES COLLECTED 12 ARRESTS
46 snares were lifted during the course of the month the majority of which targeted large game. The wildlife seems to have returned to the Chyulus from the plains as the drought in those areas continues. The livestock that are also brought into these areas to graze has also contributed to this move as it causes an increase in competition for the grazing areas. There were a total of 12 arrests this month for various offences.
The Chyulu team intercepted several groups of people who were heading into the park. It has been observed that poachers are starting fires in order to attract the wildlife areas where there is new grass shoots, thus making them vulnerable to the poachers.
A bhang peddler was arrested in the satellite area. Upon interrogation he revealed that there is a bhang plantation in the forest.
We patrolled the Jalai and Kimana areas to see if there is any lamping taking place but no arrests were made. Swamps will always attract large herds of wildlife, making them poaching hotspots as the wildlife is extremely susceptible to the poachers.
Charcoal burning is another common problem in the Chyulus and is a threat to the entire ecosystem.
During the month’s patrols the team came across an abandoned baby elephant that had become stuck in the mud of a waterhole. We think that the calf’s mother was probably poached.
Report by James Mbuthia