Monthly Report: January 2018Download PDF Download 01-2018_public_tsavo_trust_monthly_report.pdf
Aerial and Ground Operations ("Big Tusker Project") Summary:
|Activity||Hours Flown||Kilometres Covered|
64 (64 for year)
7,699 km (7,699 km for year)
|Field Patrol Days||Kilometres Covered|
(Joint KWS / Tsavo Trust)
|Protection teams: 62 days
Monitoring teams: 438days
|Protection teams: 7,420 km
Monitoring teams: 7,486 km
|Big "Tuskers"||11 Tuskers - 10 bulls (2 Super Tuskers and 8 emerging Tuskers) and 1 cow|
|Ivory Recovered||29 elephant tusks (29 for year to date)|
|Fresh (less than 3 weeks old)||Recent (less than 3 months old)|
|1 (c of d: 1 natural)|| 16 (c of d: 14 natural, 2 unconfirmed)
|Carcasses / hours flown||1 every 3.76 hours of flight|
|Poachers camps and hides/blinds/platforms||Fresh - Nil|| Recent - Nil
|Snares/traps recovered||48 (by Tembo Teams - 48 for year to date )|
|Written reports to KWS||55 (daily email reports, various communications and 1 monthly report)|
|General and significant notes||
Photo shows super Tusker LU1 in Musth (center), here with a cow calf herd and in the process spreading his valuable Tusker genes, mid-January 2018 in TENP. (photo courtesy of James Lewin)
Wildlife Conservation Program
'Big Tusker Project' - aerial and Mobile ground teams:
Tsavo Trust’s Big Tusker Project (BTP) recorded the following details in the BTP database:
- Total of 11 different individual Tusker's were observed from ground and air coverage.
- 2 bull Super Tuskers - 15 different sightings.
- 8 Emerging bull Tuskers - 12 sightings.
- 1 iconic cow Tuskers - 11 sightings.
- Total sightings – 38
- Weather conditions: Tsavo Trust HQ rainfall: Nil. Other parts drying out very fast.
- Elephant mortality: 15 carcasses located (1 fresh,16 recent): 15 confirmed as natural deaths (drought related) and 2 unconfirmed c of d.
- Rhino security: Regular aerial recces in support of KWS over Tsavo West National Park rhino areas in partnership with ZSL. 6 rhino specific air recces resulted in 1,662km flown over 15 hrs (5 Tsavo West and 1 Tsavo East).
Table 1: Shows “Tusker” code, number of times observed during month and brief remarks.
|Tusker Code||No. Times
Seen / Month
|LU1||10||In good health and in Musth|
|WS1||4||On boundary of Park|
|IL1||1||Moved eastwards with rains. In Musth|
|MU1||1||Normal location. In Musth|
|GA1||1||Back to original location|
|SO1||3||Normal location. In Musth|
|KU1||3||Outside of Park!|
|KI1||1||Back to normal location|
|Total||10 bulls, 1 cow: 38 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 below shows the magnificent long and slender ivory belonging to cow Tusker coded as F_DI1. As you can see these tusks scrape along the ground as she moves, 24th January 2018. She was observed bull 11 times this month by Tsavo Trust.
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, Tiva River, Ndiandaza, Ya Kalicha, Roka
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 – Murka, Maktau, Ziwani, Serengeti plains
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 - lNgiluni/Kamunyu, Kulalu, Derea, Murondo, Magram/Dakota Ranch, KMC, Ngutuni, Kilifi & Galana Ranch
TWNP border – Ziwani and Rombo
Chyulu Hills NP - Nil
Taita Ranches – Nil
January 2018 flight paths over Tsavo:
64 hours flown, 7,699 kilometers covered
Supporting KWS activities:
• Air and ground operations
• Big Tusker monitoring
• Illegal activities
• Endangered species monitoring
• Aerial census work
Field Mobile Units:
All Tsavo Trust's mobile field units work in support of KWS on a daily basis. Tembo 1 and 3 (inclduding Kamungi Scouts) teams are de-snaring focused whilst Tembo 2 and Tembo 4 teams are monitoring and research dedicated. These teams provide further "eyes and ears on the ground".
Table 7: Shows outcomes from anti-poaching activities from Tembo 1 and 3 teams:
|De-snaring teams||No. Field days||No. arrests||No. Ivory recvd.||No. Snares recvd.||Bushmeat recvd.||Poachers equip. recvd.||No. Poacher camps||Vehicle mileage Km|
(7 Tsavo Trust men + 3 KWS men)
|Tembo 3 Kamungi
(12 Tsavo Trust men + 3 KWS men)
|TOTALS||61||-||4||48||As above||As above||1||7,420|
Table 8: Shows activities carried out by Tembo 2 and Tembo 4 teams – research and monitoring:
|Monitoring team||No. Field days||Activities||Endangered species records / sightings||Operating locations||Vehicle mileage km|
||TENP, Voi River, Satao, Buchuma, Dakota, Ndara, Aruba, Manyani, KMC, Lugards, Koitu, Emusaya, Galana River, Msa Rd., Dida Harea||5,356|
(2 Tsavo Trust staff + 2 KWS)
||TWNP, Kamboyo, Mangalete, Kilaguni, Mzima, Shetani, Finch H, Ziwani, Kitani, Tsavo River, Rhino Valley, IPZ, NRS||2,130|
|TOTALS||43||As above||As above||As above||7,486|
Other Tsavo Trust Activities in brief:
Community Conservancy Program: KAMUNGI CONSERVANCY
Partnership between Tsavo Trust and Kamungi Conservancy (bordering northern boundary of TENP - Triangle) continues to thrive in many ways;
- Employment (35 permanent employees and an average of 15 casual employees monthly, all from this community)
- Kamungi Water project is fully functional providing water directly to Ngiluni Village
- Tsavo Trust employs a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) to help coordinate varying activities as well as maintaining a record of all HWC between Mtito Andei and TT HQ
- HWC - Elephant Bee Fences - currently 5 x 1 acre plots have been fenced using this unique fencing design (by Dr. Lucy King and Save The Elephants)
- Management Plan - Kamungi Management Plan (5 years - 2018 to 2022) is in its final stages before going to print
UNUSUAL PHOTO OF THE MONTH:
Photo below taken by Vanessa Moller (Tsavo Trust) shows one of 7 wild dogs on a zebra kill in the TENP Triangle are on 14th January 2018, close to Tsavo Trust HQ.
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, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), US-Aid / DOI, Tusk Trust, Stuart Herd, Sir Colin Southgate, Nick Southgate, Alex Graham, Dr. David K.P. Li, Nick Powell, James Robertson, International Foundation for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Markus Jebsen, Ndovu Trust (UK), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, The Davies Family, Leopardess Foundation (Nicole Honegger), Paul Block, International Elephant Foundation (IEF), Disney/Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Mike Kirkland/Torben Rune - Satao Camp and Southern Cross Safaris (Msa), Tropical Ice Ltd, Askari Project - Australia, Salama Fikira, Origins Safaris, JW Seagon Insurance, The Art of BAS and Oak Furniture Land, Howard Saunders, Sandor Carter, Geri Bauer, Karen Laurence-Rowe, OnSafari-Kenya-Anthony Cheffings, Kathy Snowden, Saving the Survivors, Anadarko Kenya Co., Chris Acreman, Paul & James Wilson, Dutch Flower Foundation, Alex Hunter - Insiders Africa, Simon Herd, Spidertracks, 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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