Duma Team Chyulu Update: 01 September 2006
James Mbuthia – team leader Julius Kyalo Nasarwa Esimegele David Wambua Isaiah Ndei 2 KWS rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of September the Chyulu team patrolled the following areas: K.A.R.I, Utu, Kikunduku, the Chyulu base, Tsavo East, Kanga, Kenani, Mangelete and around the Chyulu pump.
183 SNARES COLLECTED 9 ARRESTS
A total of 183 snares were lifted during the month of September
The team patrolled the Kiboko River where 28 snares targeting large game were lifted.
We then moved our operations to the Utu area.
We feel that the team has been successful in frustrating the poachers and hindering their activities. The number of arrests has declined over the months and we feel that this is due to our constant patrols and pressure on previous poaching hotspots. It has become evident that some poachers are operating in the ranches outside the park. We have noticed that since we began our operations the number of animals in the park have increased and during our patrols we see a larger variety and number of wildlife.
Later in the month the Chyulu de-snaring team joined forces with the Mtito de-snaring team to carry out a joint operation. The teams covered the Tsavo East triangle, Kenani, Kanga, Mangelete, Ngulia and the area around the Chyulu pump.
CHARCOAL BURNING RAID
The first two days of September were very busy. A major operation was organized with the KWS, the local administration and the Chyulu de-snaring team, which targeted the charcoal burners and dealers along the Mombasa highway.
Report by James Mbuthia