Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 January 2006
James Mbuthia – team leader Feisal Muteti Francis Chege Masaku Mbanga Mathew Kiura 4KWS Rangers
The areas that we visited this month were The Mtito river stretch, the triangle, the railway stations, the pipeline, the Chulus and the Athi River stretch from Cottars upwards.
361 SNARES COLLECTED 13 ARRESTS
A Total of 149 snares were lifted and 13 people were arrested in the park. Those arrested included 1 bushmeat poacher,
As the drought persists, the influx of cattle and herdsmen into the park has increased especially in the west. The herdsmen were arrested about 5km from Mtito town & along the Chulus.
About 10 tons of Sandle wood was recovered in the park. The wood had been hidden in the park near Nthunguni awaiting collection and consequent delivery to points of sale.
The Mtito Team worked in conjunction with the Gazi team for a period of three days during which time 389 snares were recovered. The two team members share ideas and experiences about their operations which could help in their future performance.
Pupils from Ngiluni and Kamunyu primary schools were able to enjoy their natural wildlife heritage via video shows. The aim of this was to instill in them, the young generation, the importance of conservation. On the 1st and 29th of January 2006, the youth from Mtito township, Kamunyu and Ngiluni battled it out in soccer matches organized by the Mtito de-snaring team to create awareness and gather support for conservation efforts.
Report by James Mbuthia