Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 April 2009
Alex Macharia – team leader Francis Chege Semeli Lolchuraki Nterito Kapina James Nuymu Vincent Mutua 4 KWS rangers
During the course of the month of April the following areas were patrolled by the Mtito de-snaring team: The Triangle, the area around the Chullu gate, Kilaguni, Mangerete, Kenani, and Kanga.
469 SNARES COLLECTED (37 large snares, 78 medium snares, and 354 small snares) 3 ARRESTS
The Triangle area We began the month’s patrols in the Tsavo Triangle. There has been an increase in the incidences of livestock grazing and charcoal burning which could be attributed to the ongoing drought being experienced throughout the country. Large herds of cattle have been seen alone deep within the park which has made it difficult for us to arrest and herders. Small snares targeting small game were lifted during our patrols. The team also came across a dead snared Waterbuck.
Kenani / Kanga We saw several sets of clear footprints near often used tracks. The footprints mainly led us to charcoal kilns.
Kilaguni This area has a large population of wildlife which can be attributed to the artificial water point provided by the hotel’s management. For this reason Kilaguni is a poaching hotspot. We removed a substantial number of snares during our patrols and tried to capture a snared zebra that unfortunately died before we were able to rescue it.
Chullu gate The Chullu gate is found close to Kilaguni, thus poaching in this area is often seen by the team. We came face to face with 4 poachers who were unfortunately able to evade arrest. The poachers were carrying arrows, which were most probably poisoned, leading us to believe that they were elephant poachers. We were able to lift over 45 snares along the lava ledges, most of which targeted large and medium sized game.
Mangerete During our patrols in this area we were able to arrest two loggers whom we believe to also be poachers as they were in possession of 157 small snares and 21 medium to large snares.
Community work Due to the high level of poaching, cattle grazing and vegetation destruction seen, in conjunction with KWS, we organized a community baraza at Mangerete which in recent years has been affected by logging and poaching. We addressed both problems with the community members who were then also treated to a video show about wildlife. The wildlife film was also shown to the students at Matangini primary school.
Report by Alex Macharia