Anti-Poaching

Deploying boots on the ground for the protection of elephants, rhinos and other wild species

We currently operate thirteen De-Snaring Teams in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and fund a fourteenth team operated by Mara Elephant Project (MEP) in the Mau Forest, undertaking anti-poaching operations to protect threatened wild animals and habitats in areas of natural importance within Kenya.

Ivory and rhino horn poaching, habitat destruction and bushmeat poaching are having 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 and Canine 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.

14

De-Snaring Teams

32,280

KMs patrolled on foot in 2018

4,100

Snares seized & removed since in 2018

344

KWS arrests with our teams in 2018

190

Weapons seized in 2018

Patrol Areas

Tsavo, Meru, Kibwezi and Mau Forest

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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.

Twelve of our teams patrol the Greater Tsavo Conservation Area covering 60,000km2, 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 Thirteenth Team operates in Meru National Park, in Central Kenya, which covers an area of 870km2, with the Fourteenth Team, fully funded by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, operating in the Mau Forest under the direction of MEP.

Areas we cover in Kenya

Team Name
Mtito
Team Leader
Kiperus Singanga
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
The Triangle - Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks
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Mtito team
Team Name
Ithumba
Team Leader
Benjamin Kasaine
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
Northern area of Tsavo East National Park, including Ithumba Reintegration Unit
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Ithumba team
Team Name
Tiva
Team Leader
Daniel Lelekoiten
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
Northern area of Tsavo East National Park
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Tiva team
Team Name
Burra
Team Leader
Peter Muia Wambua
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
Southern sector of Tsavo East National Park and surrounding ranch lands
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Burra team
Team Name
Ziwani
Team Leader
Paul Kyalo
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
Southern sector of Tsavo West National Park and surrounding ranch lands
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Ziwani team
Team Name
Chyulu
Team Leader
Bernard Kimani
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
Chyulu Hills National Park
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Chyulu team
Team Name
Kenze
Team Leader
Godwin Mutunga
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
Kibwezi Forest Reserve and Chyulu Hills National Park
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Kenze team
Team Name
Yatta
Team Leader
Elisha Otieno Oburu
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
Northern Area of Tsavo East, including the Yatta Plateau
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Yatta team
Team Name
Mobile North
Team Leader
Rais Ledonyo
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
This team operates where it is needed most in the Northern Area of Tsavo East National Park
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Mobile North team
Team Name
Meru
Team Leader
Henry Lekochere
How many rangers?
5
Area of operation
Meru National Park
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Meru team
Team Name
Sobo
Team Leader
Paul Kamau
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
Central and Western parts of Tsavo East National Park
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Sobo team
Team Name
Mobile South
Team Leader
Nterito Kapina
How many rangers?
6
Area of operation
This team operates where it is needed most in the Southern Area of Tsavo East National Park
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Mobile South 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 Centre 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 De-Snaring Teams

Anti-Poaching: DSWT/KWS De-Snaring Units Report October 2018

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Anti-Poaching: De-Snaring Report for September 2018

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Anti-Poaching: De-Snaring Report for August 2018

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