Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 November 2007
Henry Lekochere –team leader John Mungai Abdi Adan Boru Okicha Gerald Maghanga 2 KWS rangers
During the month of November we carried out patrols at the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Oza ranch, Kishushe ranch, Maktau and the Lumo wildlife sanctuary
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 56
We began the months desnaring activities by carrying out patrols at the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, which has proven over the past few months to be a poaching hotspot. We managed to lift 42 snares that targeted large game.
At Oza and Kishushe ranches we lifted 12 snares 9 of which targeted small animals such as Dikdiks, with the other 3 targeting medium sized game.
At the Maktau park boundary, we observed footprints from 2 individuals. We followed the footprints and were able to lift 2 snares. We also came across a hole that the poachers had covered with logs.
Towards the end of the month’s operations we visited the Lumo Wildlife Sanctuary where no major illegal activities were noticed. We did however come across a pregnant female buffalo that had become stuck in the mud at the dam.
Report by Henry Lekochere