Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 October 2005
James Mbuthia Francis Chege David Chege Kathuki Ngongo Masaku Mbanga 3KWS Rangers – Mr. Labot, Mr. Joel Anyim, Mr. Amos Mukua
The areas that we visited this month were The Mtito river stretch, the Tsavo river stretch from the Tsavo-Athi confluence up to the Ngulia ranges, the Rhino sanctuary areas, the Railway line from Mtito to the Tsavo River, especially around Kanga, Kenani, Kyulu and the Kyulu telkom stations. We also visited Mangelete, Yumbuni and the Tsavo west interior.
159 SNARES COLLECTED
A total of 159 snares were lifted during our patrols this month. 95% of the snares targeted small animals such as Dikdiks with the remaining 5% targeting medium sized animals. 4 Dikdiks and one lesser Kudu were found dead in snares
We found that charcoal burning, logging and cattle grazing is still rampant in Tsavo west.
We conducted video shows at Ngiluni primary school as part of our community awareness initiative. The pupils were very excited and were shown “Keepers Diary” which is a Kikamba version of the Trust’s orphan programme. With the beginning of the rains starting soon we hope to be able to distribute Neem tree seedling to the various communities that we visit.
Report by James Mbuthia