Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 September 2009
De – Snaring Report for September 09
Alex Macharia James Nyumu Nterito Kapina Francis Chege Semeli Lolchuraki Bramuel Ireri Peter Mwangi
Area of operation:
During the month of September the Mtito team patrolled Private Ranches surrounding the National Parks. These include Kilalinda, Mtito River, Kalawa, Community area and Trust Land.
292 SNARES COLLECTED 21 CARCASEES SIGHTED
This month’s areas of operation are home to allot of wildlife especially big game like Elephant, buffalo, and Zebra who move into these areas due to the drought. Competition for food has driven animals out of the parks making them more vulnerable to poaching. Logging has also shot up dramatically with huge amount being supplied to Mtito Andei Town daily from the Park. Most of this wood is not used for subsistence use, instead it is a money making Commercial trade.
The majority of snares lifted this month targeted small game like Dikdik and other small antelopes.
A large number of carcasses were seen during patrols, most had fallen victim to the drought.
Two schools where taken in educational trip into the National Park namely Kikwasuni and Iviani Primary School. The areas visited include: Chaimu Hills, Shetani Lava, Mzima Springs, and Rhino Valley. Both schools saw allot of wildlife during their Game drives including elephant, hippo, buffalo, and various antelopes.
Alex Macharia - Mtito Team Leader