Patrick Mutuku – team leader Alex Macharia James Lodugukiyok Mutual Koti Patrick Ekai 2 KWS rangers
During the course of this month the Ithumba team patrolled the following areas: Chemanyenze, the Tiva area and the Fence line, Corner ya mwambili, Ithumba hill and Mathae and the Umbi area.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 169
This month’s operations began in the Tundani area with the team being accompanied by the BBC crew. There was hardly any activity in the area and thus our poaching operations were kept to a minimum. After Tundani the team camped at Tiva where we tried to patrol on both sides of the river in order to assess the amount of snaring going on. We noticed that logging activities were taking place, especially in the community areas, where we also lifted a few snares. Following a tip from an informant we laid an ambush along the Tiva River where a buffalo had been shot with a poisoned arrow.
We tried to change our operational methods this month by striking early in the morning and carrying out our ambushes in the evening. We noticed that some rock mining activities which are taking place along the parks borders are now encroaching into the park itself. At Umbi we noted that there is a lot of logging taking place and we found numerous bicycle trails in the area. We were able to arrest a poacher who was in the process of collecting wild honey. Unfortunately another two poachers escaped when they heard the commotion. After interrogating the poacher he directed us to his hideout where we had a stash of honey and game meat which was being dried in the tree tops.
At the beginning of the month together with the aid of technicians from Kinjito we were able to repair the windmills at Kone and Ndia-ndada. We also attended an important bush meat meeting at Voi, which was also attended by many ranchers.
Report by Patrick Mutuku