Duma Team Chyulu Update: 01 October 2008
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 October the Chyulu team patrolled the following areas: Umani, Kenze, Tsavo West National Park, the Triangle and Kiboko.
UMANI/ KENZE AREA: Due to the illegal activities going on in these areas the team decided to revisit them this month. Kenze hill can be found in the forest and it has been completely degraded by charcoal burners.
TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK After its patrols at Umani and Kenze the desarning team, following a request from the senior warden, moved its antipoaching activities to Tsavo West National Park. The team’s main objective was to increase security patrols in the area following the release of several rhinos. Snaring is a major problem in the park, and as snares are indiscriminate, we had to make sure that there were no snares in the area. The team was based at Chyulu campsite which was central to the poaching hotspots. During our patrols 4 sets of footprints originating from Nthongoni were seen. The footprints headed in the direction of Mzima springs, which means that the poachers could have also gone to Maktau or the Manda hills both of which are green and are abundant in wildlife. Upon following the footprints the team came across the carcass of an elephant. The tusks had been removed from the carcass by the poachers.
TRIANGLE T. EAST The team moved its antipoaching activities from Tsavo West to Tsavo East. On the first day of our patrols at Kanga we were able to arrest a poacher in possession of 16 snares.
KIBOKO Our patrol in this area was an impromptu visit to what we consider to be a poaching hotspot. James Mbuthia, the Chyulu team leader, received a tip off from an informer about a poacher who had been operating along the Klinyet River. The team responded to the tip off and was able to intercept the individual who was in possession of 20 kilos of Bush meat that he was taking to sell in Kiboko town.
ANIMAL SIGHTINGS During the months patrols an abundance of wildlife was seen especially in Tsavo West. The animals seen included buffaloes, elephants and giraffes.
TSAVO WEST CONSERVATION RALLY On the 4th of October the team leader was invited to address a conservation rally being held in Tsavo West National Park. The objective of the rally was to highlight the effects of the degradation that is being felt due to the degradation of the environment. Many schools and communities that neighbor the park and WCK patrons attended the rally and listed to the various speakers. The event was successful and we feel that many people heard what we had to say and will increase their conservation efforts.
KITHASYO DESK PRESENTATION During the month of October 30 desks were donated to Kithasyo Primary school. The donation was much needed by the school which has an acute shortage of desks for their students.
VIDEO SHOWS Video shows have become a very important conservation tool. Their impact on the lives of people can be traced from the attendance level witnessed by the team members.
Report by James Mbuthia