Simba Team Ziwani Update: 01 September 2006
Wambua Kikwatha - team leader John Mungai Henry Lekochere Adam Abdi Gerald Maghanga 2 KWS rangers
During the course of the month we carried out patrols at the Maktau and Lumo Community Sanctuaries, the Kishushe park boundary, Oza, and the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
TOTAL SNARES COLLECTED 136
Kishushe Park Boundary and Tsavo River
The operations at the Kishushe park boundary and along the Mzima springs pipeline began with a combined operation between the Jipe section and the de-snaring team. This operation took place due to the sighting of an elephant carcass at the Ngulia sanctuary. The area along the pipeline and the park boundary was thoroughly patrolled however no footprints or other evidence of poachers were found, resulting in no arrests. During conversations with our informers we received information about a poacher operating at the Wanjala Mining at Kishushe ranch.
Maktau, Lumo and Oza Community Sanctuary
The Maktau area has shown a substantial decline in snaring activities since we began our de-snaring efforts in this area. Niche poaching is still being practiced although not as often as I n the past. Cases of night poaching have been reported at the Lumo Community ranch but our attempts to arrest the offenders failed as we did not have sufficient information to carry out successful ambushes. No snares were found at the Lumo Sanctuary. During our daily patrols we were able to arrest a poacher who was in possession of Lesser Kudu meat.
Taita Hills and Saltlick Wildlife Sanctuary
Patrols at the Taita hills sanctuary, which were carried out in conjunction with the Taita Hills scouts, yielded 17 big snares.
Report by Wambua Kikwatha