April 2018 DSWT/KWS De-Snaring Report

Published on the 3rd of May, 2018

April was a quiet month in terms of illegal activities due to the ongoing rains and the fact that many would-be poachers returned to their homesteads to tend to their farms and plant crops

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April was a quiet month in terms of illegal activities due to the ongoing rains and the fact that many would-be poachers returned to their homesteads to tend to their farms and plant crops. The de-snaring teams concentrated efforts in curbing persistent marijuana farming in the Chyulus and supported those who were hit by a devastating flash flood in Tsavo East.

Efforts have continued this month in the Chyulus by both the Kenze and Chyulu teams to eradicate illegal marijuana plantations.  Ongoing operations have destroyed acres of plantations as well as seeing two arrests this month with offenders caught harvesting and transporting bags of marijuana out of the park.  During these operations two miraa harvesters were also caught as well as a number of charcoal kilns being destroyed.

Other operations during the month saw a bushmeat poacher arrested by the Mtito team whilst the Meru team seized 30kgs of dikdik meat from a poacher along with a bow and arrows.  The Ithumba team during April handled a number of human-elephant conflict cases, successfully diverting 12 wild elephants out of community areas and back into the safety of the Park. 

You can read about these activities and more in our monthly report: