Tembo 1 - Anti-poaching Unit
In June 2014 Tsavo Trust employed 4 scouts who worked alongside the 10 man KWS Platoon (Dakota Base) and in so doing provided further “eyes and ears” on the ground and strengthened man power during field patrols. Whilst they were in deployment between June 2014 and March 2015 several snares and poachers were arrested both inside the National Park and on surrounding community lands. Sadly, this unit was disbanded due to funding shortfalls, but by September 2016, it had become urgent that funding support to re deploy and further enhancing this team was necessary in order to effectively dominate this locality against the current poaching threat.
This unit became known as “Tembo 1” meaning elephant 1. In September 2016, a request for funding was made by Tsavo Trust to re-establish the Tembo 1 team to continue the partnership with KWS on this important anti-poaching role (1 head scout, 1 driver, 2 scouts plus allowances for 4 KWS Rangers), purchase a new 4 x 4 vehicle for their logistical support (field deployments, water delivery and so on), purchase the basic anti-poaching field equipment necessary (tents, radio’s, binoculars, GPS, camera, uniforms, food ration supplies, vehicle running costs) to make a significant impact in combating this poaching threat to elephants in particular and addressing the bushmeat poaching along the southern boundary of Tsavo East National Park from Bachuma in the west to Sala Gate in the east. Funds were raised thanks to a number of generous donors, and Tembo 1 was re-deployed in 2016. The unit has been on continuous deployment since.