Ndovu Team Ithumba Update: 01 September 2007
De – Snaring Report for September 2007
Patrick Mutuku Mutua Koti Lemanten Lambarakwe James Lodungokiyok Musau Kitulya Rajab Hamisi Nicodemus Kivindyo 2 KWS Rangers
During the course of this month the areas covered were Ndia-ndasa, Kone, Tundani, Macho Kobo, Power line, Kyae Rock, and Edge of Yatta.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 36
In the first week of September the team joined forces with Kijito Windmill Technicians to rehabilitate Ndia-ndasa and Kone boreholes. On the 5/9/07 the Team moved to camp at Ndia- ndasa area. Whilst there the team went about removing the pump rods and the big metal pipes. This was done successfully with no pipes falling in, but the pipes were very rusty.
The team proceeded to Kone after making sure everything was perfect with the Ndia-ndasa windmill. At Kone the team began the process of removing the pump rods and the big pipes plus the pump.
During the 2nd and 3rd week of September the team took a few days off. Upon return to work the team began its patrols. On the 3rd day of patrols the team lifted 36 snares targeting small game at Kyae rock which is a hotspot of poaching. Near the power line area there has been some logging activities at night.
The team received some information that someone had cut the fence-line at Mukua-nima to let cattle herds in and out of the park. We informed the KWS, upon reaching the area it was found that the culprit was from the Kenya Army and had gone to Nairobi. We received information that an elephant had left through this open fence line and headed towards the community areas.
On the 30/9007 the team paid a visit to the Ndia-ndasa windmill to confirm whether it was still working. It was in good working order, only one of the pipes was slightly bent so the Kijito windmills technicians will have to come back to fix it before it leads to serious problems.
Report by Patrick Mutuku