Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 February 2007
Wambua Kikwatha – Team leader Boru Okicha Henry Lekochere John Mungai Adan Abdi Gerald Maghanga 2 KWS rangers
During the course of the month we carried out patrols at: Maktao, Lumo, Taita Hills, Oza and the Kishushe park boundary.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 33
Kishushe Park Boundary and along the Tsavo River
Our desnaring operations at Kishushe took place over a period of 5 days. We patrolled along the Mzima springs pipeline, the park cut line and Kishushe ranch.
Maktau, Lumo and Oza Community Ranches
For the last four months, this area has shown a significant improvement in terms of poaching. Snaring in the area has decreased dramatically. Sadly, however, night poaching is still taking place, however even this has declined following the arrest of eight hardcore poachers, late last year and the beginning of this, who operated in the area. We have found that more individuals are now taking part in illegal mining at the Maktau mines. According to our informers, there are people coming from as afar as Mwatate to mine in Maktau. Our efforts to arrest them were futile due to the fact that they have moved to a new mining area and they only operate at night.
Taita hills and Salt lick
These areas did not yield any snares. When we first began our operations here we used to lift hundreds of snares and were able to arrest several poachers. Lately there has been a drastic decline in snaring; however poaching is still taking place. The poachers have changed their methods and are now carrying out their activities at night. Acting on an informant’s information we laid and sighted three poachers. Sadly we were not able to arrest anyone. More ambushes need to be laid to apprehend the culprits.
Report by Wambua Kikwatha