Alex Macharia – team leader Francis Chege Kathuki Ngongo James Nyumu Mutua Vincent Nteritu Kapina 4KWS Rangers
During the course of the month of September the following areas were patrolled by the Mtito de-snaring team: the Mtito river Circuit, the Rhino camp, Nguumo area, Kyusiani, Ngiluni, Mangelete, Yumbuni, Ngulia hills, both lower and upper Kenani, the Kanga and Kyulu stations, along the Athi river, as well as the pump and Komboyo areas.
247 SNARES COLLECTED 6 ARRESTS
We started the month’s operations at Mangelete after receiving reports of cattle encroaching into the park.
Of all the areas that we patrolled Mangelete had the highest number of snares, 67 were recovered,
17 snares were collected along the Mtito river circuit.
Our patrols in Mangelete, Kenani and Ngulia took place in conjunction wit the Chyulu de-snaring teams. The reason for this being that these areas pose the greatest challenge to our de-snaring team and with the added reinforcement of an additional team we were better able to patrol the areas. We were able to arrest a poacher in Kenani who was in possession of a Dikdik, snares and timber cuttings and tools.
Rhino camp has been visited by several hippos who have broken the fence with further damage being done by elephants who have pulled down some of the fence poles. No poaching evidence or human encroachment was observed in this area.
The other areas patrolled this month showed little evidence of poaching although there is a lot of evidence of livestock entering and leaving the park. A total of 247 snares were lifted and 6 people arrested for various offences. We were also able to rescue a Dikdik from the snare that had trapped it.
Observable evidence During our patrols we came across poacher’s hideouts, footprints, and cuttings.
Report by Alex Macharia