Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 October 2004
Operation Period 05.10.04-18.10.04
James mbuthia – team leader John Malonza - Tracker Francis Chege – Car guard Masakau Mbanga – In Camp CPL.C Ngau - KWS Steve Mireri - KWS Patrick Wachira - KWS N. Abwapo - KWS
SNARES COLLECTED 636
This month a total of 636 snares were collected, four DikDiks found alive and released from snares and another six were found dead. With the ongoing drought and the increase of people, mainly poachers, in the area these results are hardly surprising. On our patrols we discovered a large amount of foot prints going in and out of the game park and on speaking to the community it is apparent that there is a lot of lamping going on at night too. Lamping is becoming a very common method of poaching in and around the park and is an extremely successful way to poach.
This month Iviani primary school benefited from a Safaricom donated field trip into Tsavo West national park. This is the second time that Iviani have benefited from a school trip in two years, they were extremely grateful. Kamunyu school are at the moment in the process of digging holes for tree planting. Added to that there are members of the community who have asked to be given some seedlings so that they can start nurseries too.
Report of James Mbuthia