Tackling illegal poaching in the Amboseli ecosystem

One of the most difficult jobs’s that Maasailand Preservation Trust game scout  is to curb illegal wildlife hunting.  Such operations are weary and risky. Most of the poachers are armed with poisoned arrows and machetes, with a sole aim of killing wildlife for commercial and domestic use. Over the years, this has taken a new dimension due to complicated change of poachers hunting tactics. In our observation, we have noted that the poachers have started using the moon phases to hunt, but they don’t take into account that our scouts are vigilant day and night.

Poacher and a game scout

In the last two years the informer program was introduced.  These are guys who move around collecting information and relying it to our game scouts who then set an ambush of the culprit with the help of Kenya wildlife Service.

Game meat

Some of these scenes are horrifying to see like this one taken where three two gazelles and a kudu were found on transit for sale.   By donating to the Maasailand preservation Trust, such scenes will be stopped and save our wildlife.

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3 comments on “Tackling illegal poaching in the Amboseli ecosystem

  1. sauwah on said:

    what happened to the meat? was it returned to the wild so that at least some lucky predators would have a good meal.

  2. Antony Kasanga on said:

    Hello Sauwa,
    The meat in most cases are kept for exbit when the culprits are brought before a court for possesing game meat. Thanks for reading MPT blog.

  3. sauwah on said:

    that is a shame since hungry predators like lions, leopards and their cubs do need it. wish they can use just some instead of it all for trials.

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