Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 December 2007
Henry Lekochere –team leader Sylvester Matheka John Mungai Abdi Adan Boru Okicha Gerald Maghanga 2 KWS rangers
During the month of December we carried out patrols at the Lumo wildlife sanctuary, Maktau, Oza ranch and the Mzima water pipeline.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 60 ARRESTS 1
The month’s patrols began at the Lumo Wildlife Sanctuary where we carried out our desnaring activities for a period of 3 days. In the past months the area has yielded many snares however in contrast no poaching activities were noticed this month. We visited all the areas where we usually recover snares but thankfully none were found. Sadly we did come across a dead female elephant that had died of natural causes.
At Maktau and Oza ranch we saw a high level of poaching taking place. The area yielded many snares as well as snared animals. We found a dead lesser kudu still in the snare and found drying lines containing bush meat.
No major poaching activities were noticed during our patrols at the Mzima water pipeline. As the area has a lot of thick vegetation, we carried out a thorough check of the main dry riverbeds, which have previously been a poaching hotspot. Thankfully there was not indication of any recent poaching activities taking place.
During our desnaring operations at Kishushe we arrested one poacher who was in possession of bush meat and 6 snares.
Report by Henry Lekochere