Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 May 2005
Patrick Mutuku Henry Lekochere John Mungai Julius Mutamu Gerald Maghanga 2 KWS rangers
The areas patrolled this month were Umani Springs, the Kenze and Kinzili hills, Mukululo, Kari Farm, Kaunguni and Kiboko
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 509
Most of the snares that we lifted this month targeted large game. The reason for this being that due to the continued poaching of small game there is very little of the small game left. A total of 509 snares were lifted and 22 arrests made.
When patrolling Kari farm we were saddened to discover that the farms employees are not only setting snares but are also co-operating with the poachers in order to catch, snare and kill animals using the lamping method. This is very distressing as Kari farm has a water source whith the wildlife visit, which makes the wildlife an easy target for the poachers. The rate at which the Chyulu ecosystem is being destroyed is very upsetting. Initially the ecosystems balance was jeopardized by volcanic activity and the ever increasing presence of humans in the area. Once the humans were evicted in 1997 the Chyulu region started to show some signs of recovery. This recovery has not lasted long due to wood carving and charcoal burning which is depleting the trees in the area.In order to preserve the Chyulus the communities need to be sensitized about wildlife conservation and the need to protect the environment and their natural heritage. The roads in the Chyulu national park are in poor condition and need to be repaired. The state of the roads, together with the rocky and rugged terrain, means that patrols can not be carried out effectively. Despite these obstacles the rangers at Mukululo are very dedicated and take their work seriously doing all that they can to help conserve the wildlife and the environment around them.
Report by Patrick Mutuku