GPS – DEPTHFINDER
Save foundation – kindly came forward with a substantial donation towards the Tents plea we put out last year but by then we had secured donations to cover the cost of the required amount ordered.
We asked if they would like to contribute the same towards a GPS/Depth finder for the new Parks and Wildlife boat instead which was kindly done with a donation of $500 towards a Lowrance HDS-5 complete with an up to date Lake Kariba Map.
We feel this will help towards safe driving day and night and keeping the boat in good order.
Struik Marine – Kindly fitted, programmed the machine and gave a basic lesson on how to use the machine and Marnie Kloppers – kindy gave the boat drives instruction on how to use and look after the machine
KAWFT also secured to donate to MAPP (Matusadona Anti Poaching Project) to assist in the same as above as they work with Parks & Wildlife in bringing down the Poaching on that side of the lake,and handed on the following to MAPP.
1 x Track Stick.
1 x Garmin 50s chart plotter/depth finder Combo no map as yet.
1 x Mariner gearshift/accelerator control + cables for the mods on their boat.
1 x steering assembly with steering wheel. Still to be collected.
RADIOS HANDED TO PARKS & WILDLIFE
Kawft have new Radios.
3 of the Radios that we were using and that were kindly donated by SANDVIK over a year ago were sent in to Harare to be checked out and have the Parks and Wildlife frequencies put on.
These were handed on to Parks & Wildlife who will make very good use of them. Radio communication is extremely important when dealing with Poaching.
New batteries have also been ordered.
During 2013 and into 2014 Parks Rangers have worked tirelessly as they made tremendous efforts to curb poaching, apprehend poachers, seized their equipment and illegal spoils. These contacts they have with poachers are life threatening as the Poachers fight back with their weapons to stay alive and continue their illegal practice and the Rangers – Custodians of our Wildlife – fight for their lives to keep our Wildlife alive.
This year the Snare Patrol was started earlier than in previous years.
The first week was spent cleaning up the property where the hay and food for Antelope Island is stored .
Numbers of snares recovered have been low. This is partly due to the very thick bush.
Some of the bush meat poachers may also have gone home to reap or plough as is common practice.
3 large Mopani trees were cut down just east of the Charara rd on a small track and collected by vehicle.
Parks and Wildlife requested KAWFT to set up the 2 Carnivore traps in Mahombekombe, when a pride of up to five lion made an appearance.
KAWFT also contacted AWARE TRUST Vets to standby incase the Lion pride did not move off and we would have to liaise with Parks and Wildlife to dart and move the pride.
Lion have been coming and going in the Kariba area for years and do not present a problem if not seriously injured by snares. They normally pass through when the bush is thick during the rainy season.
The traps have been disarmed but left in position in case Parks & Wildlife put in another request. They will be removed and put into storage in April.
Illegal Wood cutting has increased as has illegal collection of sand and stone.Unfortunately these people are making good use of the small trucks which are plentiful these days. These vehicles are creating well used tracks down to the river banks and are speeding up the natural soil erosion process.
A number of the culprits have been bought to book by the relevant Authorities, but it remains an ongoing fight.
PLEASE REPORT BURNING OR CHOPPING OF TREES TO THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS. 0772690915, 0773 996 4870773 996 487, 0772 874 3520772 874 352 ALL HOURS
ZIMPARKS AREA MANAGER – Mr S Chibaya 0716 058488 or 0773 5074360773 507436
Early in February we received reports of a dog that had been snared below Baobab Ridge. The dog was released by a gardener from the area. The snare patrol recovered 8 fresh thin wire snares in the Valley on follow up searches. On the day in question the patrol bumped into the resident herd of buffalo that was sleeping close to one of the houses in thick bush.
A number of reports were received February that illegal wood cutters/charcoal makers were active in the area of Baobab extension. The patrol team with a parks ranger laid an ambush for the day but did not succeed in making any arrests.
17th February – they patrolled from the quarry area in a easterly direction till near the Charara Turn off. A few eles and about 20 impala seen. 3 old wires recovered.
19th February – the Patrol team was put on the spoor of an elephant that was dripping blood. The bleeding started on the dirt road halfway from LLA and University.
There was a large circular patch of road that showed signs of what appeared to be indications of a pair of Elephant fighting. The patrol followed this Elephant to the old warthogs area past the Hammond house where it veered east. At this point it charged Jimmy who had to run along the LLA fence to the water and then cross over into LLA.
The elephant turned out to be non other than the “gentle” Sorefoot” who was in musth. He had what was thought to be minor injuries to his head, both ears and his right front leg was a bit puffy. His recovery from his bout of musth is taking an age.
The amount of scarring he did to a small patch of road was an education in how furious Elephant can get when in musth.
Subsequent research on google on “Elephant in musth” explained the ele as having incredibly hard to bear tooth ache type pain. Duration and intensity of this “peak’ varies. Recovery from the musth is related to the intensity and can take an hour or week or two.
NAU area has been patrolled twice with very few snares being found, Charara Elephant “Big Boy” was seen on the first patrol across the bay near the Steve Kok Area, he was very relaxed.
According to the locals at NAU area he has been very well behaved.
21st February – the area between the rifle range and the Batonka River was done. Five kudu seen but no snares. Sand collection near Batonka village is at an all time high with it’s accompanying soil erosion with the small trucks making tracks to and through rivers.
24th – a patrol was done from Nyanyana river to just past the information centre and a number of large, old Mopani trees were found destroyed by charcoal burners.
Heavy snares were recovered in the area of the dumps.
PLEASE REPORT ANYONE LAYING SNARES TO THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS 0772690915, 0773 996 4870773 996 487, 0772 874 3520772 874 352. ALL HOURS
BUFFALO HEAVY WIRE SNARES
26th February – the Patrol Team was dropped off at the end of the rifle range and proceeded to the hills and turned east.
5 heavy duty wire snares were found here and game movement, Kudu,Impala & Buffalo is plentiful.
28th February – North side of the quarry going north/east. They bumped into lion hunting or following a herd of buff and turned around and walked down the Nyanyana to come across spoor of a lioness with 3 small cubs. When asked how large the cub spoor was the patrol and ranger indicated spoor size by clumping the finger tips of one hand together to indicate size of spoor. They were obviously fairly young.
Initial patrols south of the main road were disappointing regards the lack of impala near the shore line area. It looks like they have migrated a bit into the interior due to available water and food and it’s been good to see numerous herds of 20 to 30 at various points inland.
A few lion are here in a wide area and do not pose a threat as long as they don’t pick up wire snares or get injured in some way. The small herd of eland that moved here in February have been seen and have a small calf.
Not one buff spoor has been seen south of the main rd. This is natural though as they are well north of the main rd at the moment.
DRY GOOD STUFFS REQUIRED
KAWFT has been providing dry goods to informers that assist with illegal activities eg: Poaching, Wood chopping and Charcoal making, Sand and Gravel collection
These dry goods are also issued when a quick reaction to illegal activities is required.
We have a list below of Dry Goods required. If anyone can help with these either supplying 1 or more items from the list or donating towards us purchasing these goods, please contact us.
If you are out doing your grocery shopping and feel you can afford and help with any one or more of these items, pop it/them in your trolley and contact us – we will arrange either a drop off point or collection.
All dry goods will be kept in a refrigerator or freezer to ensure they remain in good condition.
We appeal to ALL Kariba Kapenta Operators to please make a donation of Dried Kapenta 250g to 5kgs. If you feel you would like to give a once off donation of kapenta of a few KG’s, we will hand it over to a Kapenta Operator that has agreed to hold the quantity for us and then draw off it as required. This will ensure fresh kapenta is issued and free up space to hold the other dry goods.
• Dried Kapenta
• Pkts of dried beans
• Pkts of instant soup
• Tins of Tomatoes or Tomatoes and Onions
• Powdered milk
This will not be a one off plea but an ongoing part of KAWFT’s work to help fight the various forms of Poaching with YOUR HELP.
The Buffalo are in very good condition all things considered. One calf was born in early January bringing the total to 16 from 15. Another two are heavily pregnant and should calve late March or early April. A 4th will calve in June July. This should be good news but it is not as Antelope Island cannot hold a lot of Wildlife with its mainly rocky outlay and very little food
For any donations, help offer, more info, or information on injured animals please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone numbers Cavan Warren 0772 690 9150772 690 915 – KARIBA Nick Grant 0772 607 2140772 607 214 – HARARE Debbie Ottman Land Home 061 2342 Work 2764 Cell 0773 996 4870773 996 487– KARIBA
Sonya Mc Master Land Home 061 2488 Cell 0772 874 3520772 874 352 – Kariba Facebook
African proverb – If you think you are too small to make a difference, you have never spent the night with a mosquito
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals – Mahatma Ghandi