Mounted Horse Patrol, Anti-Poaching, Kenya

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Mounted Horse Patrol Anti-poaching Unit for Mount Kenya

The horses and their riders of Mount Kenya Trust will be working with the Kenya Wildlife Service to secure the areas of the National Reserve between Meru and Sirimon which have become subject to indiscriminate habitat and wildlife destruction within the high altitude zone of Mount Kenya. This project will enhance the capacity of law enforcement personnel to decrease the levels of elephant and bushmeat poaching, monitor wildlife, increase awareness and conservation education within the communities living in and around Mount Kenya, and improve the response times, intelligence gathering and information sharing for the benefit of all of Mount Kenya’s wildlife.

 Monthly Updates

UPDATE: June 2014 – Click HERE to Read Monthly Activity Report

Major Findings and Accomplishments to Date
As a consequence of effective patrols, poaching and snaring of large mammals has drastically reduced in project operational areas. The visible presence of the horse patrol team is now very well established amongst surrounding community members and adjoining villages. In addition, the HPT alongside all our teams are recording daily surveillance sheets that allow information to be easily fed into established data entry protocols such as MIKE (Monitoring of the Illegal Killing of Elephants) and MIST (Management of Information Systems) data collection at a National and International level. The Trust is known to have good and authentic data collection and verification mechanisms and is often asked regularly to comment, advise and contribute with respect to the conservation of the Mount Kenya ecosystems at major forums and media outlets on the Ivory trade, poaching and the threats to Mount Kenya. This is done at the local, national and international level. The Horse Patrol Team has greatly contributed to this awareness.

UPDATE: May 2014

SUMMARY: May 2014 marked the tragic death of the iconic Elephant ‘Mountain Bull’ at the hands of suspected ivory poachers on the Marania side of Mount Kenya. The bull was discovered following a joint patrol mounted by the Marania Wildlife Guards and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy teams on the 15th May. Other highlights are as indicated
below:

  • Tree planting and reforestation work
  • School environmental education and sensitization programme
  • Updates on the comprehensive Rhino Ark and partners fence
  • The Joint Wildlife Protection Team
  • Marania Wildlife Guards
  • The Horse Patrol Team
  • The Elephant Corridor Team
  • Meetings and workshops

The report covers MKT activities for the period 30th April 2014 to 31st May 2014. The following team members provided updates: Marania Wildlife Guards1; the Elephant Corridor Team2, the Horse Patrol Team3 and the northern area supervisor. In the eastern section of the mountain in Ruthumbi, field updates were collated by the Joint Wildlife Protection Team4 under the leadership of the Senior Wildlife Community Officer. Humphrey Munene5 provided updates on tree planting and reforestation, school education and awareness. The May 2014 was compiled by Maurice Onyino
Nyaligu6.

UPDATE: April 2014

Intermittent rainfall marked the onset of April throughout the mountain. Fewer elephants were recorded utilizing the Corridor. Fencers though were busy spraying and clearing weeds and other plants growing along the fence line. Other field interventions made by field and secretariat staff remained ongoing as highlighted below:

  • Tree planting and reforestation work
  • Community sensitization activities
  • Fencing initiatives in Ntirimiti
  • The Joint Wildlife Protection Team
  • Marania Wildlife Guards
  • The Horse Patrol Team
  • The Elephant Corridor Team
  • Meetings and workshops

The report covers MKT activities for the period 31st March 2014 to 30th April 2014. The following field teams provided updates: Marania Wildlife Guards1; the Elephant Corridor Team2, the Horse Patrol Team3 as well as reports by the northern area supervisor – Maurice Thure on matters related to the northern sector project areas. In the eastern section of the mountain in Ruthumbi, field updates were collated by the Joint Wildlife Protection Team4 under the leadership of the Senior Wildlife Community Officer. Humphrey Munene5 provided updates on tree planting, education and awareness. The report for April 2014 was compiled by Maurice Onyino Nyaligu6.

 

UPDATE: March 2014

The onset of the heavy rains in late March signaled the start of the Trust’s tree planting activities for year 2014. Other field interventions made by field and secretariat staff remained ongoing as highlighted below:

  • Tree planting and reforestation
  • Environmental education and awareness
  • The Joint Wildlife Protection Team
  • Marania Wildlife Guards
  • The Horse Patrol Team
  • The Elephant Corridor Team
  • Meetings and workshops

The report covers MKT activities for the period 28th February 2014 to 31st March 2014. The following field teams provided updates: Marania Wildlife Guards1; the Elephant Corridor Team2, the Horse Patrol Team3 as well as reports by the northern area supervisor on matters related to the northern sector project areas. In the eastern section of the mountain in Ruthumbi, field updates were collated by the Joint Wildlife Protection Team4 under the leadership of the Senior Wildlife Community Officer. Humphrey Munene5 provided updates on tree planting, education and awareness. The report for March 2014 was compiled by Maurice Onyino Nyaligu6.

 

UPDATE: February 2014

This February, the following interventions were made by field and secretariat staff:

  • Environmental education and awareness
  • Consultative meeting on fire emergency response
  • The Joint Wildlife Protection Team
  • Marania Wildlife Guards
  • The Horse Patrol Team
  • The Elephant Corridor Team
  • Fencing initiatives

The report covers MKT activities for the period 31st January 2014 to 28th February 2014. The following teams provided field updates: Marania Wildlife Guards1; the Elephant Corridor Team2, the Horse Patrol Team3 as well as reports by the northern area supervisor on matters related to the northern sector project areas. In the eastern section of the mountain in Ruthumbi, field updates were collated by the Joint Wildlife Protection Team4 led by Edwin Kinyanjui Ngure. Humphrey Munene5 provided updates on the Ntirimiti fence, education and awareness. The February 2014 report was compiled by Maurice Onyino Nyaligu6.

 

UPDATE: January 2014

Programme activities highlighted in the January report are:

  • Fencing activities
  • Education and awareness
  • The Joint Wildlife Protection Team
  • Marania Wildlife Guards
  • The Horse Patrol Team
  • The Elephant Corridor Team
  • Donor visit

The report covers MKT activities for the period 31st December 2013 to 31st January 2014. The following teams provided field updates reports: Marania Wildlife Guards1; the Elephant Corridor Team2, the Horse Patrol Team as well as reports by the Northern Area Supervisor on matters pertaining to the northern sector. North Eastern patrol findings were collated by the Joint Wildlife Protection Team3 led by Edwin Kinyanjui Ngure. Humphrey Munene provided updates on fencing work, education and awareness. The January 2014 report was compiled by Maurice Onyino Nyaligu.

 

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