Nicodemus Kivindyo – team leader John Mungai Abdi Adan Boru Okicha Gerald Maghanga 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of January, the Ziwani team covered the following areas: Ziwani area, Gishea Farm (Muhoho Farm), Kishushe Ranch/pipeline area, Taita Wildlife Sanctuary & Lumo Wildlife Sanctuary.
FINDINGS During the month of January the team lifted a total of 117 snares.
The numbers of snares collected this month have gone up compared to previous months. This is as a result of crop failure this year due to the lack of rain which has led to a desperate food supply situation which is driving more people to encroach on the wildlife as a source of food or income. Most Communities are experiencing food & water shortages for themselves and their livestock and are hence invading the National Parks for poaching and illegal grazing. The number of snares targeting big game was unusually high indicating poaching for commercial purposes is increasing. A recently arrested poacher confessed he had turned to poaching commercially as the income gives him the ability to buy food for his family.
Gichea Farm (Muhoho Farm)
This area lies within the southern region of Tsavo West and borders the Ziwani area. It houses a variety of large game including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and elands which makes it a prime target for the Commercial poachers currently emerging.
Kishushe Ranch/ Pipeline Area
Both these areas are in the Southern region of Tsavo West. These areas are rich in biodiversity and play a crucial role in Tsavo’s ecosystem. The pipeline area is the main source of water at the moment hence there is a heavy congregation of wildlife there.
Taita Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary borders Tsavo West National Park, and a lot of wildlife moves in and out of the park through this sanctuary. This area has a permanent water source from a man made dam and hence is attracting a lot of wildlife.
Lumo Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary borders Taita Wildlife Sanctuary and is also home for a lot of wildlife. There is a high amount of illegal activities taking place including logging and cattle grazing. The team lifted a total of 35 snares, 20 targeting big game and 15 targeting small game.
The team organized 2 Environmental Education trips. The team showed a Conservation Awareness Video at Mwashuma Community on the 11th of January.
Report by Nicodemus Kivindyo