By Antony Kasanga
In the last two weeks our game scouts have been all over the ecosystem combating elephant poaching. The team of 8 rangers, who cover a vast area of over 10, 000 square kilometres, are in pursuit some dangerous poachers who have recently killed three elephants, one on the Kuku group ranch, and two near the Kenya-Tanzania border close to Amboseli National park.
Information gathered from our intelligence network in the field confirmed that these poor animals were shot before their tusks were removed using a power saw. The rangers were unable to get to the scene of crime because the car that they were using during the operation broke down and is currently being repaired. It appears that the four poachers managed to cross the border to Tanzania and have probably already sold the tusks.
Hunting season in Tanzania
Between September and December it is a hunting season in Tanzania, which perhaps explains why there is an increase incident of elephant poaching along the border at this time. These recent incidents demonstrate the typical challenges faced by our rangers. It requires a lot of resources to keep them running. We therefore appeal to readers to support this program with funds for vehicle repairs, fuel, and rations in these challenging times.
If you would like to help the fight against this poaching, please click Masailand Preservation Trust.