Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 February 2007
Alex Macharia – team leader Francis Chege James Nyumu Nteritu Kapina Vincent Mutua Samwel Sepeli 4KWS Rangers
During the course of the month of February the following areas were patrolled by the Mtito de-snaring team: Kenani, Kanga, Mtito River, Kyulu station, Tsavo River, Mangalete, Yumbunni, Kilalinda, The Triangle, Ngulia hills, the Chyulu pump area and Ndawe hills
32 SNARES COLLECTED 4 ARRESTS
We started our patrols in the Triangle although the area has become difficult to access and penetrate due to the impassable roads which prevented us from accessing several areas.
We were also able to arrest to loggers at the Mtito River who were found cutting trees and gathering the timber for construction purposes.They were also found to be in possession of small snares targeting Dikdiks. All those arrested were booked at Mtito police station and were released on bond.
Although the overgrown vegetation hinders our operations it also hinders the poacher’s activities. As the dry season begins we expect to find an increase in the number of snares found especially in areas like Kenani and Mangalete. Ngulia hills and Kenani are both poaching hotspots. We are meeting with KWS to discuss the methods that can be used to find and arrest all the poachers operating in these areas. We have found that most of the poachers are from Daranjani and Nthunguni. Through information given to us by an informer we were able to locate many hideouts.We have also been able to gather information about elephant poachers that will hopefully lead to their arrest. During the month of March we are planning to visit a poachers den at Nthunguni where we expect to find wildlife trophies.
Community work Nzayo primary school were treated to a field trip into Tsavo which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the students that took part.
Report by Alex Macharia