James Mbuthia – team leader Noah Lesmirdana Julius Kyalo David Wambua Isaiah Ndei Daniel Lekoiten Kenneday Mungai 2 KWS rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of November the Chyulu team patrolled the following areas: Kiboko, the Kibwezi forest, Corner Tatu, and the Satellite areas.
ARRESTS 4 157 SNARES COLLECTED
KIBOKO AREA While based at Kiboko the team patrolled the sanctuary extensively and did not come across any snares. We did however see a lot of wildlife. The reason for the lack of snares in the area could be due to the fact that it is close to a ranger’s camp which means that the poachers have difficulty getting in undetected. The team then patrolled the area along the Klinyet River where we lifted 135 small and medium sized snares.
KIBWEZI FOREST After its patrols in the Kiboko area the team moved to the Kibwezi forest where it lifted 32 snares targeting medium sized game. The snares were found on the south eastern side of the forest. The team came across a bush buck that had become trapped in a snare. The bush buck was still alive and we were able to remove it from the snare.
SATELLIETE/CORNER TATU Our patrols in these areas were clearance patrols that were carried out in order to make our presence felt.
ANIMAL SIGHTINGS During the months patrols it was noticed that most of the animals have moved form the Chyulus to the ranches. This is an event that occurs seasonally as there is an abundant amount of browse for the animals in the ranches during the rainy season. The ungulates are in higher numbers in those areas with Zebras, Hartebessts and Bushbucks being seen.
ADMINISTRATOR’S CONSERVATION WORKSHOP The administrator’s conservation workshop was held at CBS AMREF Kibwezi center on Friday the 21st of November. The workshop was organized by KWS and its main objective was to reach out to the administrative part of the government in an effort to get them to help with their community outreach program.
THE AGENDA’S AND CONCLUSION OF THE WORKSHOP The agendas that dominated the workshop were the conservation of the Chyulu catchment areas and the future of the Kibwezi forest. The administrators, which included the District Commissioner, the District officers, the Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs, were told about the challenges and threats facing the Chyulu catchment area. There was a general consensus that there is a high rate of deforestation which has resulted in water reduction. The workshop concluded by deciding to act on the below: 1. To include the administration in the conservation of the Chyulu catchment area and identifying people involved in illegal activities in the Chyulu conservation area. 2. Each chief in conjunction with conservation organizations like the DSWT is to establish a nursery in their location. 3. In order for administration officers to familiarize themselves with the challenges in the area a tour to the park will be organized for them in the near future
SCHOOL TRIPS Two schools benefited from excursions into Tsavo West National Park. The pupils visited Shetani lava, Mzima springs and Chaimu hill.
TREE PLANTING The planting of tree seedlings was done in two schools both of which are rather barren and have little shade. The pupils were shown how to plant and tend to seedlings thus getting them involved in conservation as they are the future custodians of the environment.
Report by James Mbuthia