Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 October 2009
Participants: Nicodemus Kivindyo-Team Leader John Mungai Adan Abdi Boru Okichi Joshua Muthoka 2 KWS Rangers
During the month of October the Ziwani Team conducted its de-snaring activities at the following areas: Lualenyi ranch, the Taita Wildlife Sanctuary, Mwatate Sisal estate and Kishushe ranch
166 SNARES COLLECTED
During the months operations the team lifted a total of one hundred and sixty six snares with the majority 153 targeting large game and only 13 targeting small game.
The team noticed a decline in the number of snares lifted this month, in comparison to previous months. We believe this is due to our continued patrols in the unprotected areas where communities come into contact with the animals. There was an increase in the number of carcasses found this is due to the current drought as well as continued poaching with the carcasses of eleven different animals being found this month.
This area borders Taita wildlife sanctuary and lies under the Southern part of Tsavo West National Park. The area hosts a lot of animals, especially big browsing mammals such as elephants, giraffes and other medium sized game. During our patrols in the area we lifted a total of sixty seven snares all of which targeted large game. We also came across the carcasses of four animals, a giraffe, buffalo, lesser kudu and hartebeest, had been killed by poachers.
Mwatate Sisal Estate This is private land whose main purpose is agriculture as it is a sisal plantation. It borders several ranches which are rich in biological diversity, especially wildlife. Some parts of the estate have either very little sisal or old sisal which is not being harvested by the management. It is in these neglected areas that snares are being set as animals often come into them to browse on the richer vegetation found there. A total of 13 snares targeting small game were lifted during our operations in the area.
Kishushe Ranch This area lies is a migratory corridor and serves as a temporary home for animals moving from Tsavo east to Tsavo west National Park. We did not come across human activities during our patrols in the ranch. Community work This month the team organised three conservation video shows and lectures to three different schools, Maktau Secondary School, Mlilo primary school and Ngogodinyi primary school, which took place on the 17th, 19th and 22nd respectively.
Report by Nicodemus Kivindyo