Fence vandalisim has been the greatest challenge to the protection of Ngong Forest. This is because a big part of the fence that once surrounded the forest has been stolen, hence exposing the indeginous forest to tree poachers. Without a fence to protect the forest people can easily access the forest for illegal business without being easily detected.
The Vandalised fence
With only six rangers it has been an uphill task to protect the forest effectively as there has been an increase of insecurity in the nearby estates and the thugs ran into the forest for solace after they commit crimes.
The on going fence vandalisim.
However the sanctuary has not given up in protecting the forest and its trying to raise funds to re- install the vandalised fence.The rangers constantly patrol and keenly monitor the fenced part of the forest by checking its voltage. When they notice that the voltage has dropped a promt partol is done immediatley to find out the cause.
Ranger cheking the voltage
So it was on Tuesday night that we encounterd two men busy cutting the fence wires about two kilometers from the main gate.We managed to nab one of the thugs while the other managed to escape. We took the culpit to Jamuhuri Police Station and was to be arraigned in court the next day. Mr David was the name of the arrested thug, his friend who manged to escape later presented himself disguising as a concerned relative of the other culprit but we managed to arrest him even though he denied any allegations made to him. The sanctuary however has to meet the cost of replacing the vandalised fence. It has been very frustrating watching the fence dissapear a bit by a bit.
The accomplise who came to secure realease for his friend
Story by: Ranger Karanja