Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 January 2006
Participants Wambua Kikwatha - team leader John Mungai Henry Lekocheli Boru Okicha Gerald Maghangha KWS rangers
During the course of the month we carried out patrols at Lake Jipe, Murka, Maktau, the Taita Hills and Lumo community wildlife Sanctuaries, along the Tsavo River and Mzima springs pipeline, Kishushe, Oza and Lualenyi ranches.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 173
TOTAL ARRESTS 1 Findings
Taita Hills, Lumo and Lualenyi Our operations in this area started with the rescue of a baby elephant at Lualenyi. The calf had been spotted by the staff at the ranch and was reported to be alone, no other elephants in site, but in a group of buffaloes. Our team was called to assist in the rescue operation, once under our care the calf was taken to the Voi orphanage.
During our patrols at the Taita hills sanctuary we found that there is a lot of snaring taking place especially in the areas bordering community land. Within a period of 2 days, during which we covered an area of five square kilometers, we lifted 106 snares
Lake Jipe area Our operations at Lake Jipe were inhibited due to heavy rains. We were unable to reach our target area as our vehicle got stuck in the mud. After found the remains of a giraffe that had been placed in a tree by a poacher,
Kishushe and Oza Ranch This area is predominantly used by animals for grazing. The snares, that target the wildlife, which poachers have set in these areas, are also catching livestock. We received reports that eight animals had been snared. 17 big snares, all of which had been set for large game were lifted.
Tsavo River and Mzima springs pipeline Contrary to our expectations there were no poaching activities in the area. This was a change to the past months were a lot of poaching had been observed. We feel that this could be a result of our continuous de-snaring activities in the area. We found that the poachers were coming from as far away as Kambu, Mtito and Kitui and it is possible that our de-snaring efforts had discouraged them as we only found 4 big snares in the area.
Report by Wambua Kikwatha