Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 April 2010
Participants: Nicodemus Kivindyo-Team Leader John Mungai Adan Abdi Boru Okichi Joshua Muthoka 2 K W S Rangers
Areas covered During the month of April the Ziwani team conducted its de-snaring activities in the following areas; Taita wildlife sanctuary, Lualenyi ranch, Oza/Kishushe ranch and Taita ranch/Rukinga ranch.
Taita wildlife Sanctuary This area lies under the southern part of Tsavo west National park and is home for many species of animals ranging from small game to big game as well as birds. During our operation the team lifted forty snares all targeting big game. The snares were not newly set an indicator that snaring has decreased in this area. A zebra carcass was also found which died about two months ago after having become trapped in a snare. The poacher had not returned to the carcass to harvest the meat.
Kishushe/Oza Ranch These areas lie under the southern part of Tsavo West National park and are an important wildlife corridor from Tsavo east to Tsavo west as well as to Tanzania and back. The team patrolled comprehensively and were able lift seventeen snares all targeting big game.
Community work The month of April did not have many community outreach programmes being carried out as the schools were closed. Nevertheless we participated in the international year of biodiversity hosted at Mwatate on 3rd of April. The team leader (Nicodemus Kivindyo) was the adjudicator of all the events presented on that day.
Report by Nicodemus Kivindyo