Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 February 2006
Wambua Kikwatha - team leader John Mungai Henry Lokochari Boru Okicha Nasarwa Esmgere Gerald Maghangha 2 KWS rangers
During the course of the month we carried out patrols at Maktau, Taita hills, Lualenyi, Lumo, Kishushe and the Park boundary
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 52 TOTAL ARRESTS 1
Our operations this month began with the case of a sick baby elephant that was found at Ziwani. The incidence was reported to the vet who responded quickly and took care of the calf.
Taita Hills and Lualenyi Sanctuary These areas are considered to be poaching hotspots. The remains of three buffalo and one Zebra were found at Taita hills.
Maktau and Lumo Community Sanctuary Snaring has gone down to the bare minimum with only 6 snares for large game being found. Two of the snares were active while the remaining four were old and inactive. We rescued an Eland from a snare from the Lumo Maktau boundary.
Kishushe Park Boundary Following information from our informers we carried out an ambush in this area. Since our de-snaring efforts started two years ago snaring in the area has declined. Unfortunately the poachers have now turned to night poaching. We were able to follow the poacher’s footprints. Unfortunately all but one of the poachers were able to evade arrest as they were at a higher point and were able to see us coming. We recovered 64 Dikdiks and eight torches which had been left behind by the fleeing poachers.
Lake Jipe area For the second month in a row our operations at Lake Jipe we were unable to patrol the area due to heavy rains which made the roads impassible. We were however able to observe that many animals, including elephants, were having a good time at the lake.
Report by Wambua Kikwatha