Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 December 2009
Alex Macharia James Nyumu Nterito Kapina Francis Chege Semeli Lolchuraki Peregrine team
Objectives To retrieve snares and reach out to the communities with the purpose of preserving and protecting wildlife and the environment. Patrol the community and private lands.
During the course of this month the areas covered included Kilalinda, Mtito River along the triangle, community area and the Trust land
97 SNARES COLLECTED
INTRODUCTION With the onset of the heavy rains, the poaching activities are bound to change. This is due to the fact that some poachers take advantage of the rains to plant their crops and tend to their lands. Human wildlife conflict in terms of animals moving into community lands reduces as there is now enough food and water for them in the park. Vegetation becomes denser and snares are harder to see as they are covered by the new foliage.
Findings Community/private lands The most common illegal activity taking place in the Tsavo ecosystem is logging both in the park and in the surrounding community lands which both of which are habitats for wildlife.
In the future logging could cause the loss of certain species of trees especially the Mellia spp and the Acacia spp which are continually being cut down. It is worth noting that these tree species are an important part of the giraffe’s diet.
We were able to lift a total of 39 snares in these areas all of which were large in size targeting buffaloes and the larger antelopes.
Triangle/Mtito River The carcasses of a buffalo and Elephant were spotted during our patrols in the area.
Kilalinda and Trust land Few illegal activities were seen in these areas which is probably due to our persistent patrols over the past months. Very few snares were lifted which is a positive sign for us considering that in the past numerous snares used to be lifted in the Kilalinda area.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS During the course of the month a total of 450 tree seedlings were issued to individuals from the local communities.
Report by Alex Macharia