Monthly Report: April 2017Download PDF Download 04-2017_public_tsavo_trust_monthly_report.pdf
Aerial and Ground Operations ("Big Tusker Project") Summary:
|Activity||Hours Flown||Miles Covered|
|Big "Tuskers"||15 Tuskers - 10 bulls (3 Super Tuskers and 7 emerging Tuskers) and 5 cows|
|Ivory Recovered||9 elephant tusks (26 for year to date - largest 53.5 and 52.5kg)|
|Fresh (less than 3 weeks old)||Recent (less than 3 months old)|
|3 (c of d: 1 poached, 2 unconfirmed)||Nil|
|Carcasses / hours flown||1 every 26 hours of flight|
|Poachers camps and hides/blinds/platforms||Fresh - 2|| Recent - 6
|Arrests||15 - by KWS / TT – (2 ivory dealeres, 1 bush meat, 12 livestock - 37 for year to date)|
|Snares/traps recovered||97 (by Tembo Teams - 325 for year to date )|
|Response/support to KWS - armed incidents||Nil ( 5 for year to date)|
|Other Illegal actvities||113 cattle bomas 34,500 plus cows, 5,500 shoats, 140+ people seen, 200 camels)|
|Written reports to KWS||39 (daily emails, various reports, various communications and 1 monthly report)|
|General and significant notes||
Photo below shows the joint KWS / Tsavo Trust Tembo 1 team based on the southern boundary of TENP, here on 11th April 2017 with an arrested ivory dealer caught with 5 elephant tusks. This was one of two dealer arrests made in April where a total of 7 Elephant tusks were recovered weighing 58kg
Big Tusker Project - aerial and ground teams:
The Tsavo Trust’s Big Tusker Project (BTP) recorded the following details in the BTP database:
- Total of 15 different individual Tusker’s were observed from ground and air coverage.
- Tusker coded as ND1, who has not been located in TWNP for the last 39 months (and was presumed dead) has been found on the slopes of Kilimanjaro (near Satao Elerai Camp) on 17/4/17 by Big Life Foundation scout. BLF immediately sent photos of ND1 and confirmed to be him. He was last seen in TWNP on 18/1/2014!
- 2 new emerging Tuskers identified and coded as HA1 (21/4/17) and DR1 (15/4/17) in TENP.
- 3 bull Super Tuskers – 11 different sightings.
- 7 emerging Tuskers – 10 sightings.
- 5 iconic cow Tuskers – 14 sightings.
- Total sightings – 35
- Weather conditions: Southern parts of TENP and much of TWNP some good rains.
- Elephant mortality: Number of carcasses found significantly down.
- Rhino security: 9 rhino specific aerial recces took place with KWS / TT aircraft in TWNP and TENP. TT - Tembo 3 team continued in support to KWS in ground operations in the TW IPZ. Continued strong and valuable 3 way partnership between KWS / ZSL and TT continues with specific focus on rhino protection in TWNP.
Table 1: Shows “Tusker” code, number of times observed during month and brief remarks.
|Tusker Code||No. Times
Seen / Month
|LU1||9||In good health but requents an unsafe area!|
|WS1||1||In worrying and unsafe location|
|ND1||1||Not seen in 39 months. Great newshe is still aloive|
|MU1||2||Moved to worrying boundary location following rain there|
|EM1||1||Moves big distances, but generally in unsafe and remote areas|
|MZ1||1||Same original location|
|DR1||2||New emerging bull seen before but now confrmed as a new bull to database|
|HA1||1||New emerging bull seen before but now confirmed as a new bull to database|
|KI1||1||Has moved far with recent rains|
|MA1||2||Back to normal area|
|F_VPL||3||Back to normal location. Looking very old and thin, often alone!|
|F_MU1||6||Back to normal area. Looking very old and thin.|
|F_DI1||2||Moves biig distances with recent rain, had not been located for 5 months.|
|F-KA1||2||Looking very, very old and thin. Seen alone!|
|F_XT1||1||Back to normal location|
|Total||10 bulls, 5, cows: 35 different sighings|
|Close working relationship between KWS and Tsavo Trust (aerial and ground units combined) is without doubt adding to elephant security and safety of the big Tuskers and other elephants within the TCA through meaningful collaboration alongside KWS Security and Research and Monitoring Departments.|
Photo shows newly identified emerging Tusker coded as HA1 on 21st April 2017, walking away in a desolate part of TENP.
Photo shows newly identified emerging Tusker coded HA1 on 21st April 2017. Given just a few more years of life, this bull will certainly become a Super Tusker. Tsavo is blessed with a strong gene pool of such magnificent elephants.
Very exciting news – Tusker coded as ND1 reappears after 39 months!
This photo below (courtesy of Big Life Foundation scouts) was taken on 17th April 2017 near Satao Elerai camp, Amboseli, on the northern lower slopes of Kilimanjaro and Tsavo Trust has confirmed him to be the missing bull ND1.
He was last seen in TWNP on 18/1/14, 39 months ago and was presumed dead. © Photo Copyright Big Life Foundation
Areas Covered: Table 2: Shows the main areas covered within the TCA for this month:
Ranches and Dispersal Areas
Northern Area – Yatta Plateau, Durusikale, Garasamuke, Emusaya, Golf Charlie, Koitu, Sobo, Sangayaya, Dabaduke, Mufupa ya Ndovu, Ithumba, Tiva River, Roka, Ithumba
Southern Area – Voi, Ndololo, Kanderi, Wagalla, Ndara Plains, Buchuma, Maungu, Murondo, Dakota, Voi River, Dika Plains, Satao, power lines, Aruba, Mukuaju, Dika, Konu Moja, Dida Harea, Balguda, Sala, Lali, Sobo, TENP boundary, Koitu, Galana River
Central Area – TE R/S, IPZ, Manyani east, Punda Milia, Hatulo Bisani, Lugards, Mbololo lugga, Balguda, Irima, Mudanda, Maka Hill, Man-eaters, Triangle, Mtito Lugga, Zero Delta, Voi north & east, Galana River, Tsavo River and Yatta Central, SGR
Northern Sector – IPZ, Mangalete, Kamboyo, Kisimeka, Chyulu south, Mtito lugga, Mungai Hill, Finch Hattons, Mzima Springs, Shetani volcano, Severin, Kilaguni, Ndawe, Tsavo River
Southern Sector – Lake Jipe, Toloa, Kanjaro, TZ border
Central Sector – IPZ, Rhino Valley, NRS, Tsavo River, Kinyek, Maji ya Chumvi (north & south), Ziwani, Lesoito, Kyulu, Manda, Kishushe, Murka, Mombasa Highway, Man Easters, Kenani, Kanga, Manyani north and west, SGR line
TENP border -Ngiluni/Kamunyu, Kulalu, Derea, Murondo, Magram/Dakota Ranch, Ngutuni, Galana Ranch
TWNP border – Ziwani, Rombo and Lualenyi
Chyulu Hills NP - Nil
Taita Ranches – Nil
Map below shows flight paths for April 2017 where 78 hours were flown in support to KWS for anti-poaching, wildlife monitoring and aerial census operations covering 5,939 miles over the Tsavo’s.
Field Mobile Units:
All Tsavo Trust mobile field units work with and in support of KWS on a daily basis. Tembo 1 and 3 teams are anti-poaching focused Tembo 2 team is monitoring and research dedicated.
Table 7: Shows outcomes from anti-poaching activities from Temboa 1 and 3 teams:
|Anti-poaching teams||No. Field days||No. arrests||No. Ivory recvd.||No. Snares recvd.||Bushmeat recvd.||Poachers equip. recvd.||No. Poacher camps||Vehicle mileage Km|
|Tembo 1||29||2||7||65||80kg plus||2 bicycles, 2 knives||2||3,089|
|Tembo 3 Kamungi||29||1||2||32||10 dikdiks||-||-||3,521|
|Others Chui team||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|TOTALS||58||3||9||97||As above||As above||7||6,610|
Photo shows an injured bull elephant, found by KWS / TT Tembo 1 team on 2nd April 2017 in TENP.
The KWS / DSWT vet unit was called to treat the elephant.
Table 8: Shows activities carried out by Tembo 2 team:
|Monitoring team||No. Field days||Activities||Endangered species records / sightings||Operating locations||Vehicle mileage km|
Tuskers – 8 sightings
|TENP, Voi River, Satao, Buchuma, Ndara, Aruba, Manyani, KMC, Lugards, Galana River, Msa Rd., Dida Harea||3,433|
|TOTALS||17||As above||As above||As above||2,501|
Other Tsavo Trust Activities in brief:
Community Program: KAMUNGI CONSERVANCY:
Ongoing partnership and stewardship development between Tsavo Trust and Kamungi Conservancy (bordering northern boundary of TENP – Triangle) have continued in varying ways:
- Procurement of solar equipment and pump has been done and now awaiting installation.
- Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) – Elephant & Bees Project is working well and some hives are already over flowing with honey. This bodes well for the future of this project.
- HWC – Tsavo Trust employs a Community Liaison Officer who continues to maintain a database of HWC occurrences that have taken place along the north boundary of TENP – Triangle. Much of this falls within Kamungi Conservancy. In 2016 HWC averaged 20.4 incidents per month.
Photo below shows clearly how urgent the need is for the people of Kamungi Conservancy to enjoy clean water. Here water is being collected from a dirty water hole used by livestock and wildlife. The new water project put in place by Tsavo Trust will go along way to give this community clean and healthy drinking water, something they have never enjoyed before.
Leopard Cub Release:
Dotty the female leopard is now 1 year old and continues her slow rehabilitation process into the wild within TENP. She continues to grow very fast and is doing well in making her own kills and learning about her new environment.
Photo shows “Dotty” out on her daily walks in TENP with one of her dedicated keepers, Kitheka.
Dotty has now been roaming her area of release for 5 months and so far coping very well.
Unusual Photo of the Month:
Photo below shows the Tsavo Trust’s Tembo 2 research and monitoring team in the vehicle observing one of Tsavo’s iconic cow Tuskers coded as F_VPL on 6th April 2017. Tembo 2 team works daily with KWS within TENP with a specific emphasis on Tusker monitoring but also gathering field data on endangered species (Grevy’s zebra and Hirola) and predator monitoring including wild dogs.
With Sincere thanks and appreciation to:
Kenya Wildlife Service, Save The Elephants/Wildlife Conservation Network Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF), US Fish & Wildlife Service, The Oak Foundation, Stuart Herd, Nick Southgate, James Robertson, International Foundation for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Tusk Trust UK & USA, The Woodtiger Fund, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Ndovu Trust (UK), US State Dept., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, International Elephant Foundation (IEF), Wines of the World Ltd, Africa Spirits Ltd, Mike Kirkland/Torben Rune, Satao Camp (Tsavo East) & Southern Cross Safaris (Msa), Tropical Ice Ltd, Salama Fikira, Origins Safaris, The Art of BAS & Oak Furniture Ltd (UK), Geri Bauer, Kathy Snowden, Simon Herd, Saving the Survivors, Karen Laurence-Rowe, Anadarko Kenya Co., Askari Project – Australia, Chris Acreman, Paul & James Wilson, Enable Green Energy, Eaton Electric, Michael Cheffings, Pembroke House School and numerous other individual supporters.
Report compiled by Richard Moller – Chief Executive Officer, Tsavo Trust
All photographs ©Richard Moller / Tsavo Trust 2017
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