Well, first and foremost I would like to apologize for the long silence from the Maasailand Preservation Trust blog. There has been so much happening lately, from 2010-2011. First of all there was a rhino poacher arrested in of the most guarded rhino habitat.
This guy must have guts, because how he got there is still a mystery. He led a team of Kenya Wildlife service personnel to his home and assortments of poaching tools were discovered, poisoned arrows, snares and quivers. He is also leading the same team towards the arrest of one animal trophy dealer in the area.
Secondly, four ivory poachers were cornered into a trap by one of our intelligent scout; Sergeant Sakimba. Apparently, the ivory traders contacted the sergeant while he was on off duty to get them any ivory he could lay his hands on at a good price (Kshs. 3000 approximately 40 USD). This of course took a while to organize for transportation of ivory within Kenya Wildlife Service custody and prepare them an ambush. This was so successful that the four buyers were arrested on the eve of New Year. They had a cool Kshs. 150, 000, (2000USD) supposedly to purchase ivory. The sad thing is these guys, were released on fine of Kshs. 5000(66 USD) just like that.
This is just one of the many cases where poachers are set free by the Kenyan courts alluding to lack of evidence whilst there is much available.
On very, very sad note, we happened to have lost two lions across the border (Tanzania) from poisoning. The first l incident which is lioness was poisoned on 2nd of January 2011 after killing a cow inside a boma at Kitenden area on the Tanzanian side. This was reported on the 5th of January by scouts working for AWF in Tanzania. On 19th of January; another report came in that four lions were poisoned still on the Tanzania soil. After comprehensive investigation we found out that it was one male lion. The team comprises of Kenya Wildlife Service rangers. From the carcass, it was evident that, the culprit were not just after retaliation for their stock but also after the lion claws and teeth. These parts were missing. This could be another trade for lion parts coming up.
In the last case of the lion poisoning there was clear evidence (and actually you can see furadan granules in the picture below) of poisoning targeting other species.
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