Nyati Team Tiva Update: 01 December 2006
Felix Micheni Feisal Muteti Peter Ndungu Samuel Lolchuraki Julius Mumo Boru Okicha 2 KWS Rangers- Wilson Nangisa & Peterson Njeru
During the month of December the Gazi team patrolled the Mangalete General area, along the Mtito river circuit in Tsavo West, Yumbuni and Nthongori general areas, Mungai Hills, Five Sisters Hills, Ngulia Hills, Kenani and Kanga stations, Tsavo River and the Mzima Springs general area
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 10 ARRESTS 5
The Gazi ream upon reporting back on duty in December after a month leave found the Athi River very swollen making it impossible for them to cross over to Gazi from the ‘triangle’. The presence of armed bandits in the ‘triangle’ meant that the team could not patrol the general triangle area. On the 4th of December the team moved to the Komboyo campsite and started their operations in Tsavo West.
Most of the roads in the areas we patrolled had been damaged and rendered impassable by the heavy rains and the team anticipated that poachers would take advantage this. We began our patrols in the Mangalete area where we lifted three snares and came across the wanton felling of trees by charcoal burners.
We encountered another 3 charcoal burners and were able to arrest one of them who was on a bicycle. He led us deep into the bushes where we recovered three sacks of charcoal.
The Tsavo West camp commander, Mr. Sangawe was very concerned about the increase in charcoal burning in Mangalete and Yumbuni and on several occasions he accompanied us with rangers and destroyed all the charcoal kilns that we found.
More intense patrols in the Yumbuni area aided us in arresting two herdsmen on different days.
During our patrols in other areas we did not come across any human activity. In Ngulia and Mzima Springs we came across many Elephants, Giraffes,
As we moved our equipment from Komboyo to Kaluku base we received information about poaching activity along the Mtito River. However as the rangers attached to our team had been withdrawn we were unable to verify the information.
In the ‘triangle’ area we came across big herds of Elephants and on one occasion we received information from Mr. L. Nutter that the road to Kaluku needed some attention as Elephants had pushed trees onto the road making it impassable.
Report by Felix Micheni