Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 February 2008
Alex Macharia – team leader Francis Chege Semeli Lolchuraki Nteritu Kapina James Nuymu Vincent Mutua 4KWS Rangers
During the course of the month of February the following areas were patrolled by the Mtito de-snaring team: the Mtito River, the Mangerete area, Chullu gate, the Triangle, Kenani, Kanga and the general area around Kilaguni.
187 SNARES COLLECTED
The month of February started with the desnaring team setting up camp at the heart of the Tsavo Triangle near a source of water. This area is suspected to be an entry point for poachers entering the park. As we carried out our desnaring activities we came to realize that there are alot of illegal activities taking place in the area, such as poaching and logging.
We were able to collect of total of 27 small snares during our desnaring activities in the Triangle. The team also came across 4 poachers who unfortunately spotted us before we saw them and thus were able to escape arrest. In their hurry to get away they left behind there possessions which included food stuffs such as maize flour, tomatoes and onions.
Sadly during our patrols we also came across a dead elephant whose tusks had been removed.
From our informants the team has learnt that there is an increase in elephant poaching. This can be substantiated by the number of footprints that the team came across both in the triangle and in the triangles periphery.
At Mangerete the levels of poaching were also found to be high with lots of small snares being lifted by the team.
Community work The Mtito desnaring team took Ngiluni Primary school, which has also benefited from desk and learning materials, on a field trip into Tsavo national park. 29 children attended the field trip and were taken to Mzima Springs, Chaimu Hills, Shetani lave and Rhino valley.
Report by Alex Macharia