Ndovu Team Ithumba Update: 01 August 2006
Patrick Mutuku Lemanten Lambarakwe James Lodungokiyok Mutua Koti Musau Kitulya Rajab Hamisi 2 KWS Rangers – Stephen Lewangat & Patrick Musya
During the course of this month the area covered were: Kanziku, Kalovoto, the Powerline, Kyamanyenze, the Yatta-Tiva river section, Tundani, Machokobo, Umaumaa, and the Kasaala fence line
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 452
The month’s operations were concentrated around water points. As we are in the dry season the animals are converging in these areas which make them vulnerable to the poachers who have erected shooting platforms. A large number of snares have also been seen in these areas. A total of 452 snares were collected this month compromised of 425 small snares and 27 medium to large snares.
Our de-snaring activities were carried out during the last two weeks of the month. We lifted 53 snares in the Kanziku area and on our first day, upon following some poacher’s footprints, we found two dead snared Dikdiks.
During the last week of the month we moved our operations to the Yatta-Tiva stretch. At Tundani there is a Lagga which has become a snaring hotspot. We lifted 83 snares from there. We then moved our camp along the river so that we could have easier access to the edge of the Yatta. Here were lifted a total of 155 snares. This is due to the fact that the area is rather inaccessible and for this reason is a favorite among the poachers. On top of the Yatta we came across two poachers cutting down trees. Unfortunately they were able to escape arrest.
At Macho Kobo, in contrast to the previous months, there were very few snares. The same was noticed at Umaumaa. Along the Tundani area we saw a pack of hunting dogs, another pack that come to drink at the stockades was seen around the Ithumba camp. During the last day of our operations we set up an ambush along the Kasaala fence line as two poachers had been spotted by the gate attendants. Unfortunately no arrests were made.
An emaciated buffalo accompanied by its young one were spotted at the Tiva River. A snare was seen around the young buffalo’s neck.
During the month of August most of the schools are closed due to the holidays. However the youth still had to be kept busy; therefore with the collaboration and co-ordination of the local leaders, we organized a football competition involving the Kasaala location.
Report by Patrick Mutuku