Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 February 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 February the following areas were patrolled by the Mtito de-snaring team: Kaluku, Kilaguni, Gazi, Komboyo, Mangerete and the area around the Chullu gate.
337 SNARES COLLECTED 4 ARRESTS
Goals and Objectives 1. Wildlife conservation and to promote the co-existence of people and wildlife 2. Make people understand the benefits of wildlife as well as capacity building and development
Gazi We began the month’s patrols by carrying out a combined patrol with the Chullu desnaring team. Following information provided by an informer we crossed the Athi River to Gazi in search of poachers who have been entering the park by passing through the Athi River. We patrolled the area for a week and were able to arrest two poachers in possession of snares.
Komboyo / Mangerete Due to these areas proximity to Tsavo West National Park they receive the highest illegal human activities of all the areas visited. Logging, charcoal burning, snaring and cattle grazing are all common occurrences and the team usually makes arrests during their patrols.
A second individual was arrested at Mangerete. The culprit was a logger come poacher and was found in possession of 11 small snares, which had been placed near his charcoal kiln.
Kilaguni / Chullu gate The team came across several snares that had been set in the bushes along the lava flow line.
Community activities This month we were able to take two schools on wildlife trips into Tsavo West National Park. Matulani primary and Ivingoni Secondary were the schools to benefit from the trip.
The team also issued 30 desks to Matulani primary school. The school was very grateful for the donation as the desks were desperately needed. We intend to issue desk to Nzayo and Ngiluni primary school over the coming months.