De – Snaring Report for July 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, power line, Kanziko, Macho-kobo, Sheldrick-blind, and Nthalakana Airstrip, General area of Yatta, Kiasa, Kyamanayenze, and Mathae.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 182
We began our month’s patrols along the Kasaala fence-line where we often find signs of poaching. Last month we faced severe poaching problems particularly around water point for wildlife. We tackled these high levels of poaching and where glad to notice that last months efforts paid off as we found no snares in these areas that had previously been so heavily poached. The few snares we lifted in this area were old and inactive. The team camped along the Tiva River at Macho-kobo area. This area gave the team easier access to the Yatta plateau were poachers like hiding because they know that this area is less patrolled due to its terrain. We found signs of human presence, some fresh footprints. The team moved on to Nthalakana Airstrip and on to Sheldrick-blind were we found a lot of footprints and signs of poaching. It was there that our vehicle’s front springs broke which hindered our ability to work, forcing us to retreat to Ithumba for repairs. On the third week of July we concentrated our patrols around the Park Headquarters. Just a few Kilometers from the mudbath were we take the orphans to wallow we found a lot of snares. Last year in July we also lifted a lot of snares from this area.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
We made several visits to newly fenced areas to ensure all is ok. Everything is working and the community is glad to be separated from the park which allows them to live with les human wildlife conflict.
Report by Patrick Mutuku