Anti-Poaching

Patrolling Kenya’s key habitats to protect wildlife, prevent illegal activities, and apprehend poachers and other perpetrators

We currently operate twenty seven Anti-Poaching Teams in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), including our specialist Canine Unit. In addition, we fund two teams operated by Mara Elephant Project (MEP) in the Mau Forest, and one team operated by the Mount Kenya Trust. All three of these units are tasked with undertaking anti-poaching operations to protect threatened wildlife and habitats in areas of natural importance within Kenya.

Habitat destruction and bushmeat poaching, alongside ever-present threats of ivory and rhino horn poaching, have a devastating effect on Africa’s wildlife and wild spaces. Our skilled front line teams, accompanied by armed KWS Rangers and supported by our Aerial Units, are fully trained and equipped to deter and prevent illegal wildlife activities, as well as launch ambushes, with any necessary arrests carried out by KWS.

30

Mobile Teams

65,174

KMs patrolled by ground teams in 2022

12,582

Snares recovered & destroyed in 2022

989

KWS arrests with our teams in 2022

278

Weapons seized in 2022

Patrol Areas

Tsavo, Chyulus, Meru, Galana, Kibwezi and Mau Forests

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Threats Tackled by our Teams

  • Elephant and rhino poaching for ivory and rhino horn.
  • Snaring and bushmeat poaching for commercial trade.
  • Illegal logging of forested areas and charcoal burning.
  • Livestock intrusion.

Our teams face real threats to their own safety on every operation. Team members have all undergone intensive training at the KWS Manyani Training Academy to ensure they have the skills and knowledge necessary to mitigate these risks. Highly trained, armed KWS Rangers - with the power of arrest - are assigned to each of the teams on operational duty.

Twenty six of our teams patrol the Greater Tsavo Conservation Area covering 60,000 sq km, an area the size of West Virginia, USA. Home to the country’s largest elephant herds, as well as rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, lions and leopards. A twenty third operates in Meru National Park, in Central Kenya, which covers an area of 870 sq km. Two further teams, fully funded by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, operate in the Mau Forest under the direction of MEP, with another fully-funded team operates in the Mount Kenya region under the daily management of the Mount Kenya Trust.

Areas we cover in Kenya

Mtito
Ithumba
Tiva
Burra
Ziwani
Chyulu
Chyulu Mobile
Kenze
Yatta
Mobile North
Meru
Sobo
Mobile South
Shompole
Team Name
Mtito
Team Leader
Kiperus Singanga
How many rangers?
6 (Plus 2 KWS uniformed/arresting officers)
Area of operation
The Triangle - Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks
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Team photo
Mtito team

Each team is equipped with a modified 4x4 vehicle, camping equipment, digital radios, GPS units and cameras as well as all necessary equipment and supplies to patrol daily and spend long periods in the field. Their activities are coordinated by our 24 hour Operations Room in Kaluku, which monitors all ground and air operations in order to ensure the safety of our personnel, identify key trends to direct future patrols and coordinate a swift and effective response to any incidents.

Photos from the field

Extensive training means each team has deep local knowledge and each ranger has graduated from the KWS law enforcement academy in Manyani, with training in mitigating human wildlife conflict, ecosystem management, field survival, weaponry use, and capture and arrest.

Read the latest Monthly Reports from our Anti-Poaching Teams

SWT/KWS Burra De-Snaring Report for January 2024

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SWT/KWS Chyulu De-Snaring Report for January 2024

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SWT/KWS Chyulu Mobile De-Snaring Report for January 2024

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