Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 May 2005
James Mbuthia Mutua Koti Alex Macharia Feisal Muteti Masaku Mbanga 8 KWS rangers
Areas Covered: Mukurulo, Kari land, The Kiboko river stretch, the Kaunguni areas of the Chulu National Park, some parts of the river in the Tsavo East National Park Triangle. The Tsavo East National Park Triangle, the pipeline, Tsavo West boundary from Mtito town to the Chulus, the Chulu slopes towards Kilanguni Lodge and surrounding areas.
429 SNARES COLLECTED
Our operations this month were centered around the Chulu region as there have been many reports of bush meat trading, logging and charcoal burning. All of the above areas were visited by the Mtito de-snaring team. We were able to find and lift 429 snares, most of which targeted large game such as hartebeest;
We feel that in order for operations to go more smoothly in the Chulus the park needs to have more access roads thus enabling the KWS rangers to be able to cover more ground when patrolling. The community needs to be sensitized about conservation and educated about the harmful effects of poaching and the need to conserve wildlife and their natural heritage. Projects need to be implemented that would raise the standard of living in the communities surrounding the park in order to lessen, and eventually stop, the poaching, logging and charcoal burning that takes place inside the park.
COMMUNTIY WORK The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has started a project making desks for various schools neighboring the park, as a way to promote education in the area.
Report by James Mbuthia