Monthly Report: August 2016Download PDF Download 08-2016-public_tsavo-trust_monthly-report.pdf
|Activity||Hours Flown||Miles Covered|
66 (463 hrs for year to date)
5,309 (35,125 miles for year to date)
|Large "Tuskers"||22 Tuskers - 17 bulls (7 Super Tuskers & 10 emerging Tuskers) & 5 cows|
|Ivory Recovered||10 tusks (35 for year to date)|
|3 (1 truck hit, 2 natural)||4 (3 natural, 1 unconfirmed)|
|Poachers camps and hides/blinds/platforms||Nil||Nil|
|Carcasses/hours flown||1 every 9.4 hours of flight|
|Arrests||7 - Made by KWS and Kamungi Scouts – (3 poachers, 3 hard wood, 1 charcoaler)|
|Snares/traps recovered||149 (by Tsavo Trust/Kamungi Scouts – 757 for the year)|
|Response/support to KWS - armed incidents||Nil (2 for year to date)|
|Other Illegal actvities||5 cattle bomas (31,000 plus cows & 35+ people seen)|
|General important/relevant notes||
Tusker KA2 (mono tusker) passed away, possibly natural cause from old
5 black rhino photographed at night during the KWS led night census in Tsavo on 19th August 2016. 34 different individuals were identified on this night alone. ZSL (to a large extent) along with Tsavo Trust as a partner play a significant support role to KWS and Tsavo’s rhino conservation activities.
Big Tusker Project - aerial and ground teams (Tembo 2):
The Tsavo Trust’s Big Tusker Project (BTP) recorded the following details in the BTP database:
- Total of 22 different individual Tusker’s were observed from ground and air coverage
- 7 bull Super Tuskers – 35 different sightings
- 10 emerging Tuskers – 18 sightings
- 5 iconic cow Tuskers – 5 sightings
- Total sightings – 58
- Loss of Tusker KA2 – found dead by DSWT aircraft on 9/8/16 in TWNP. His mono tusk was
recovered by KWS and weighed 45kg. Cause of death is not confirmed but believed to be
natural from old age.
- Tembo 2 ground team has been on leave for most of August 2016, but sightings from the air
have been good in their absence.
- Rhino security: Ongoing partnership between KWS, Zoological Society of London (ZSL) andTsavo Trust regarding rhino areas within the TCA. 5 specific rhino recce flights took place covering parts of TWNP NRS, TW IPZ and TENP IPZ.
This is the last known photo of KA2 alive, taken on 1st July 2016 in TWNP.
| Photo taken on 10th August 2016 of KA2’s fresh carcass.
His single tusk was recovered by KWS and weighed 45kg.
Cause of death is not 100% confirmed due to decomposition of the carcass
but believed to have died from natural death.
Table shows “Tusker” code, number of times observed during month and brief remarks.
|Tusker Code||No. Times
Seen / Month
|LU1||5||Crosses SGR regularly. Frequents an unsafe area!|
|SA2||13||Moved back to normal location|
|KA1||3||Moved back to normal dry season location|
|KA2||1||Deceased - found 9/8/16, TWNP, mono tusk recovered (45kg), believed natural death|
|D11||10||Normal area and a real creature of habit|
|BA1||1||Moving large distances to water|
|WS1||2||In dangerous location outside park|
|BU1||2||Roams far and wide|
|MA1||1||Moved big distances but back to normal location|
|SA80||1||Back to normal area|
|AR1||5||Seen again in original location found|
|KI1||4||Back to normal location|
|LA1||1||Not seen for many months and in new location|
|SL1||1||Moves long distances to water|
|KU1||1||Back to original location|
|KO1||1||Moves long distances to water|
|F_XT||1||Back to her normal location|
|F_MU1||1||Back to her normal area|
|F_VPL||1||Has moved big distances|
|F_SO1||1||Has moved big distances|
|F_SA1||1||New cow Tusker|
|Total||17 bulls, 5, cows: 58 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 a newly identified cow Tusker with a long left tusk that reaches the ground (right tusk broken off) and recorded in the TT database as F_SA1 on 29th August 2016. She is very old despite having a young calf at foot. There are 7 iconic cow Tuskers with very long tusks now recorded and identified by Tsavo Trust.
Areas Covered: Table below 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
Northern Sector – IPZ, Mangalete, Kamboyo, Kisimeka, Chyulu south, Mtito lugga, Mungai Hill, Finch Hattons, Mzima Springs, Shetani volcano, Severin, Kilaguni, Ndawe, Tsavo River
TENP border – Ngiluni/Kamunyu, Kilalinda, Kulalu, Derea, Murondo, Magram/Dakota Ranch, Ngutuni
Map below shows flight paths for August 2016 where 66 hours were flown in support to KWS for anti-poaching and wildlife monitoring across 5,309 miles over the Tsavo’s
Kamungi Scouts – Another very busy and successful month with 149 snares recovered having been set for small and medium game and 7 arrests (3 bush meat poachers, 3 illegal wood cutters and 1 charcoaler). Notable activities:
- 13/8/16 – John Nganga - poacher arrested in TWNP with 21 freshly poached dikdiks having been killed in just 4 hours between 11pm and 3am before he was arrested and booked OB No. 13/15/8/2016.
- CHNP joint KWS/Big Life/Tsavo Trust ops: Between 22nd and 26th August 2016, joint anti-poaching operations took place in Chyulu Hills Nat. Park (CHNP) between KWS, Big Life and Tsavo Trust/Kamungi rangers, with special emphasis on rhino areas.
13th August 2016, TWNP, KWS/Kamungi Scouts arrested this bush meat poacher with 21 freshly poached dikdiks.
He was using the lethal “lamping” method with loud horn and powerful torches to dazzle and kill these dikdiks.
Endangered species/Predator Monitoring – support to KWS/TCA Research Departments
Predators Observed from the air and Tembo 2 ground unit:
|2/8/16||3 (3F), 2 (2F)||-||-||-||-||-||TENP|
|4/8/16||2 (F), 2 (F)||-||-||-||-||2 Bat E. Fox||TENP|
|8/8/16||8 + 3||-||-||-||-||-||TENP|
|11/8/16||1 (M), 2 (F)||-||-||-||1 Melanistic||-||TENP|
|13/8/16||2 (F)||1 (F)||-||-||-||-|
|15/8/16||4||-||-||-||-||1 Honey Badger|
|17/8/16||8 (2M, 2F, 4 cubs)||-||-||-||-||-||TENP|
|26/8/16||-||-||-||16||-||1 Honey Badger||TWNP|
|29/8/16||-||-||4 (F + 3 cubs)||-||-||-||TENP|
Critically Endangered Species Observed from air and Tembo 2 (not incl. rhino or wild dog):
Tsavo Trust’s Tembo 2 team operates in partnership with TENP Research and Monitoring unit and covers predator and endangered species monitoring as well as Big Tusker Monitoring. In recent months they have increased their endangered species monitoring especially with concern to Grevy’s zebra whereby information gathered from the field on rear right side stripe patterns feed into the Grevy’s zebra database for individual ID purposes. To date at least 33 individuals have been ID’d as a result and still counting. Tsavo also holds approximately 70 critically endangered Hirola out of an approximate world population thought to be only around 500 individuals.
|6/8/16||1 + 17||1||TENP, Mukuaju, KMC Ranch|
Unusual Photo of the Month:
Close up “eye view” photo of a descendent of the Man Eaters of Tsavo. This Tsavo lion, taken in TENP on 15th August 2016 had brought down an adult buffalo along with his brother to feast on.
With thanks and appreciation to:
Kenya Wildlife Service, Save The Elephants/Wildlife, Conservation Network Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF), Stuart Herd, Nick Southgate, James Robertson, Tusk Trust UK & USA, The Woodtiger Fund, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Zoological Society of London, Ndovu Trust (UK), US State Dept., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Wines of the World Ltd, Africa Spirits Ltd, Mike Kirkland/Torben Rune, Satao Camp (Tsavo East) and Southern Cross Safaris (Msa), Tropical Ice Ltd, International Foundation for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Salama Fikira, Ian Craig, The Art of BAS & Oak Furniture Ltd (UK), Geri Bauer, Kathy Snowden, Murray Grant, Simon Herd, Saving the Survivors, Karen Laurence-Rowe, OnSafari Kenya Ltd, Anadarko Kenya Co., Askari Project – Australia, Chris Acreman, Paul & James Wilson, Eaton Electric, Enable Green Energy, Michael Cheffings, Pembroke House School and numerous other individual supporters.