Ndovu Team Ithumba Update: 01 August 2007
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: Lagga-Kungu, Kyamanyenze, Kyae rock, Tundani, the Tiva River stretch, the edge of the Yatta, Macho-Kobo, Kanzino, Umbi and the powerline.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 252 1 ARREST
Our operations during the month of August were concentrated around the main waterpoints and the snaring hotspots. Our goal during the first week was to patrol the area around the Ithumba park headquarters as past experience has taught us that poachers set snares where we least expect them to. At Lagga-Kungu we came across fresh footprints which led us to some set snares and to the carcasses of two lesser Kudus trapped in snares. A total of 10 snares were lifted. Although only a few snares were lifted it is important to note that the small number of snares has been effective in trapping animals.
During the second week of our operations we set camp at Kyamanyenze. This was done sot that we could cover a larger area, namely the edge of the Yatta, Tundani, Macho-kobo, Kaye rock and the Tiva River stretch. We found that the illegal grazing of goats and other cattle is taking place along the Tiva River.
Apart from honey hunting we did not find any other illegal activities during our patrols at Tundani and Macho-kobo. Two hyenas were spotted in the area.
We received information from the gate attendants that poachers were entering the park on a daily basis from Kanziko. We therefore moved our camp to Kimathenya hill and proceeded to patrol the area. We were able to lift 68 snares and rescue one Dikdik. Unfortunately we came across the carcasses of two dead snared Dikdiks.
At Mathae, which has become a poaching hotspot, we lifted 56 small snares. In an effort to arrest the culprits we laid an ambush which did not lead to any arrests.
During the third week of our operations we re-visited Kyae rock where we lifted another 19 snares and found one dead snared Dikdik. We also spotted a lone bull roaming around the area. We then moved our operations to the Umbi area where we came across fresh footprints which led to a poacher’s hideout.
As noted earlier we have found that there has been an increase in the success rate of the snares that are set by the poachers. We feel that there is a need to gather more intelligence information in order to keep abreast with the poachers changing trends.
Report by Patrick Mutuku