James Mbuthia – team leader Julius Kyalo Nasarwa Esimegele David Wambua Isaiah Ndei 4 KWS rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of November the Chyulu team patrolled the following areas: Umani springs, Kuku, Kimana and Rombo ranches, Komboyo, Nthongoni, Chyulu pump, Kenani, Ngulia, Kilanguni and Tsavo West.
The month was very wet and the constant rain was a hindrance to our operations. We got stuck several times but refused to let this prevent us from visiting the poaching hotspots. We located two camps deep in the forest and were able to arrest 5 wood carvers found there.
During our patrols it became evident that the poachers have changed their methods switching from snaring to using bows and arrows. 14 big snares were lifted and 3 bows and 8 poisoned arrows recovered.
At Umani Springs hill we confronted a gang of wood carvers and were able to arrest two of them.
The team then moved its operations to Tsavo West national park basing itself at Komboyo and patrolling Nthongoni, the Chyulu pump, Kenani, and parts of Ngulia. We were able to apprehend a bushmeat poacher near Kenani who was on his way to Ngulia, in search of bushmeat and ivory.
The team wanted to end the months patrols by moving its base to Ngulia and its surrounding areas. However due to the current problem and presence of armed bandits in the Tsavo National parks we were advised to stay away as they were high risk areas. Although our patrols were hindered by the rains and the armed bandits we were able to arrest a total of 8 people.
Report by James Mbuthia