Strides in the fight against poaching!
In early February, Godson Laizer took up his new post as acting FCF concession manager. Though Ugalla is notorious in the rainy season for being mostly inaccessible, Godson and his anti-poaching teams managed to reach the Ugalla River. Their patrols centered along the river and the Game Reserve boundary. Many signs of illegal activities, primarily illegal fishing and hard wood timber harvesting, were observed.
Despite continuous rain and challenging conditions, their daily patrols resulted in the arrest of eight illegal fishermen, two timber poachers and one meat poacher with his firearm. The meat poacher had shot a giraffe and was smoke-curing the meat.
The timber-related arrest proved to be significant as the two suspects arrested were an advance party for a large timber poaching ring. They had several months worth of food rations and supplies for the whole group which were duly confiscated.
This will mean a major financial and logistical set-back for the ring. On-going investigations should hopefully yield further arrests. Good work Godson and team!
In other news with our anti-poaching leader, Keith Roberts is heading off to Maswa and Mwiba to visit the anti-poaching teams and consider some suggested changes. While in Maswa, he will visit the microlight base to inspect the improvements made on the hanger and accommodations. Judging from recent field reports, it is very wet which means getting covered in mud while digging vehicles out will be guaranteed. Just to think folks are willing to pay BIG money to have a spa cover them in mud, while anti-poaching patrol does the same for free and it has the added bonus of doing something that matters!