Team Tembo Projects
Tembo Teams - Background
The Tsavo Trust (TT) works in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), through a valid Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering several programs and objectives across the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) including enhancing aerial and ground anti-poaching operations as well as wildlife monitoring with a special emphasis on Tsavo’s iconic “Super Tuskers”.
The TCA spans a massive 40,000 square kilometers (22,000 square kilometers of National Park alone) and harbour’s immense biodiversity. The TCA holds the single largest population of elephants in Kenya – just over 11,000 animals at the last aerial census (February 2014) – and arguably the world’s last viable population and gene pool of elephants carrying exceptionally large and long ivory.
Tembo 1 and Tembo 2
Following the death of the iconic Tusker known as “Satao” in May 2014 (via a poachers poisoned arrow), the Tsavo Trust established a mobile Tusker monitoring unit called Tembo 2 team in October 2014 as a follow on to Tembo 1 anti-poaching unit (established in June 2014).
Establishing Tembo 3 and Tembo 4 teams:
With additional funding support the Tsavo Trust plans to establish and deploy a further 2 more mobile field based monitoring teams – Tembo 3 and Tembo 4 teams. For the reasons shown above this is a vital extra component in order to tackle the ever-growing pressure on elephant populations but also essential if the big Super Tuskers of Tsavo are to survive and pass on their unique and rare ivory genes to further generations.
Tembo 3 team:
Currently Tsavo West National Park (TWNP – 9,500 square kilometers) does not have a ground-based team to monitor the big Tuskers. This is a must and deployment of Tembo 3 to TWNP working on the same basis, as Tembo 2 in TENP is a priority.
Tembo 4 team:
To relieve some of the pressure on the Tembo 2 team who attempts to cover TENP (12,000 square kilometers), it is envisaged to deploy a second Tembo monitoring team to TENP on exactly the same basis as Tembo 2. The second TENP team will be called Tembo 4.