Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 November 2005
James Mbuthia Feisal Muteti Francis Chege Masaku Mbanga 4KWS Rangers – Joel Anyim, Epae, Lerapo Tuken, Kaimenyi Marete
The areas that we visited this month were The Triangle, The Mtito river stretch, the Athi River stretch up to a distance of 40km from the camp, the Tsavo West boundary from Mtito town to the Chulusand lava flows to the Chula gate.
243 SNARES COLLECTED
Over the past few months we have noticed that the amount of snaring has declined sharply due a number of reasons such as the regular patrol of all old and new hotspots and the constant educating of the communities about conservation. An important reason for this decline could also be the arrest and rehabilitation of a poacher who has now become a de-snarer, thus exposing his colleagues who have chosen to either stop poaching or have changed the areas of operation.
A total of 243 snares
Our patrols also took us along the Athi River, visiting an Asian farm in the area. We believe that the poachers work closely with the workers from this farm. We found a dead sun grouse and squirrel in this area.
We presume that with the onset of the rains the poaching levels will decrease due to the fact that people will be tending their farms. We will be vigilant about patrolling the water holes and other water reservoirs, which will attract both animals and poachers.
BEE KEEPING PROJECT.
In order to try and raise the standard of living of the people neighboring the park the trust is embarking on a plan to start a bee keeping project which will be both environmentally friendly and beneficial to the communities who will harvest the honey to sell it to an already available market.
Report by James Mbuthia