Patrick Mutuku Mutua Koti Lemanten Lambarakwe James Lodungokiyok Musau Kitulya Rajab Hamisi 2 KWS Rangers
During the course of this month the areas covered were: the Gazi airstrip, Kona ya Nyati, Cottars, the general Yatta area and the Nthalakana airstrip.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 61 ARRESTS 4
The first week of the month the de-snaring team camped at the Mkua-nima park boundary. The road leading to the proposed extension of the Kasaala fence line on top of the Yatta was in bad shape.
During the second week of the month the team set out on a de-snaring exercise which started from the Mkua-Nima park boundary. Along the park boundary we observed that people are entering the park in order to cut building materials for building food stores. Charcoal burning is prevalent both inside and outside the park. Some people enter the park in order to cut trees into small portable pieces and then transport it out of the park for charcoal burning.
At the Gazi general area we observed a lot of footprints which points towards the taking place of illegal human activities. Two daring poachers followed us to our camp and proceeded to camp 50 meters from us. In the morning we saw their footprints and followed them leading to the arrest of the two poachers atop the Yatta.
The area around the Tsavo safari camp was calm. However as we moved to the general Yatta area we noted an increase in he number of footprints, some of which crossed over ours. We tracked the footprints but were not able to arrest anyone. We proceeded to patrol the Sheldricks blind and the Nthalakana airstrip.
On the 24/4/07 we received a radio message from Mutha about 3 poachers who had entered the park and only two of them exited. The area chief was alerted and he reported the situation to the police to in turn reported it to KWS Mutha outpost. The two poachers claimed that their colleague died of dehydration after walking for 3days and nights.
Report by Patrick Mutuku