Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 June 2006
Wambua Kikwatha - team leader John Mungai Henry Lokochari Jacob Dadi Gerald Maghangha 2 KWS rangers
During the course of the month we carried out patrols at Kishushe/The park boundary along Tsavo River, Maktau, Lumo community sanctuary, Jipe, Salaita area, Ziwani, and Muhoho farm.
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 72 TOTAL ARRESTS 11
Kishushe Park Boundary and Tsavo River
This is the second consecutive month we have been operating in this area. This area was patrolled by the Ziwani team along with the British army crew last month which resulted in a dramatic decrease of illegal activities. There has been an overall improvement when compared to the history of this area. This area was previously a hotspot for poachers of both large game including elephants as well as small to medium game for bushmeat. The team’s presence has drastically changed the activities here, after finding no snares within the park we patrolled the community area were we discovered a lot of poaching activities due to the abundance of wildlife found there. 37 big snares and 14 small snares were lifted in this region.
Maktau, Lumo Community Sanctuary During our patrols of the Maktau and Lumo areas we recovered 6 small snares, thus continuing the trend of the last few months were few to no snares were recovered.
Jipe/ Salatia area This area hasn’t been patrolled by the Ziwani team for the last 3 months. The areas patrolled were: Vilima Viwili, Matta, Kachero, Mitakuja and Salailta. Vilima Viwili was clear of snares, whilst in Matta we recovered 5 big snares and 13 bird snares.
Ziwani/ Muhoho farm The team spent 3 days patrolling these areas, covering The Ziwani farm and park boundaries. Although neither snares nor animals were recovered, there were definite indications that both night poaching as well as bow and arrow poaching are taking place.
Report by Wambua Kikwatha- team leader.