Ndovu Team Ithumba Update: 01 January 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: Kalovoto, Kanziku, Tundani, Lagga-Kungu, Power-line, Kyamanyenze, along the Tiva River, and along the Kasaala fence line.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 46
The rains continued through the first week of the month. Despite the thickness of the bushes which rendered them un-penetrable we were able to reach several areas which we thought the poachers would not be able to reach by following their tracks and footsteps from the fence line.
During our patrols along the fence line we came across fresh footprints. We mounted an ambush in the hope of apprehending the poacher who did not return. We were however able to lift 36 recently set snares that targeted small game. Although the levels of snaring have decreased this does not mean that poaching is not taking place as all the poachers have done is changed their poaching methods, switching from snaring to bows and arrows and night poaching.
The season for the hunt for honey in the park has also begun. We often found footprints in the park, and followed them thinking they may be a poachers, only to find out that they belonged to a honey gatherer. As the vegetation decreases we expect an increase in the level of poaching.
While patrolling the fence line we came across a dead vulturine guinea fowl which was probably killed while it flew across the wire strands.
The growth of the grass has proved to be a problem along the fence line.
The team also surveyed a nature trail from the bandas to Ithumba Hill for visitors staying at Ithumba camp.
Community Awareness Campaign The primary schools have reopened following the December holidays. We were able to show wildlife films at Tsavo Primary and Ngwate Primary Schools.
Report by Patrick Mutuku