Last month Corporal Simon Kirobi from KWS Arabuko approached the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest for sponsorship for a 10 day desnaring project in the forest. The team asked for food and other supplies including diesel which came to K.Shs 12,600/-.
Lissa Ruben put this proposal to the committee of FoASF and it was agreed that this be a pilot project with a view to finding long term funding. It was decided that rather than giving cash the Friends would purchase the supplies and fill the vehicle.
Six rangers took part in the patrol, with Corporal Simon in charge of their activities. The night patrols were conducted along the fence to observe the illegal movement of goods from the forest to the surrounding villages. Most of the 381 snares picked up had been ‘recycled’ and had caught the targeted species previously and been put back in the same spot.
Lissa Ruben and Nigel Arensen from the Friends met the team, a week in on Sunday 14 August to get a debrief and give them extra refreshments. They found that the rangers had inadequate camping gear – they were using two tents that leak, Nigel Arensen temporarily addressed this by providing a plastic sheet to cover the tents.
Following the success of this patrol we are looking to find funds from sponsors or other organisations to support the patrols for 10 days each month at a cost of K.Shs 18,000/-.