Ndovu Team Ithumba Update: 01 November 2006
Patrick Mutuku Mutua Koti Lemanten Lambarakwe James Lodungokiyok Musau Kitulya Rajab Hamisi
During the course of this month the areas covered were: Ndia-Ndasa, Kalovoto, Kimweli, along the Tsavo River and the Umbi area.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED
The first two weeks of the month the team took a few days off. Upon our return we embarked on vehicle patrols along the fence-line. The KWS rangers who always accompany us on our patrols were held up on a bandits operation which has been going on for the past 2 months. Sadly a thief came to the Ithumba park base and stole the borehole pump controller. He took advantage of the heavy rains that were falling as his footprints could not be traced.
Due to the fact that it is the rainy season the levels of poaching have decreased as the poachers are busy cultivating their farms. On the 14th of the month the fence attendants reported that, due to a heavy downpour the night before, the fence had been washed away at the Kalovoto stream near the Kimweli gate.
The Ithumba team kept itself busy laying ambushes along the fence-line to ensure that our presence was felt.
Some of the sections of the road have been blocked by fallen trees. The team worked on removing the trees from sections that were not waterlogged.
Report by Patrick Mutuku