Uganda Wildlife Authority Deputy Director Conservation and Conservation ambassador Mr. Charles Tumwesigye in September travelled to Montreal Canada to participate in fundraising programs for the Kibale Mobile Clinic Project.
While in Canada, Charles also gave talks on conservation to various audiences in my capacity as the NGS/Buffet Award Winner for African Conservation 2013.
Nine finalists for Miss Tourism Uganda in September were treated to memorable adventure when they toured almost all the national parks in Uganda courtesy of Uganda Wildlife Authority and various sponsors including hotels and tour operators.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya along with a member of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive of the Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) Dr. Gladys Kalema were among the experts who attended the Great Apes Summit between September 21-24th,2013 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA to address a variety of issues concerning the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans And bonobos.
Legislators on the Tourism, Trade and Industry committee of Parliament in August visited Murchison Falls National Park to appreciate the efforts by UWA in protecting the wildlife, Human Wildlife-conflict interventions, maintenance of tourism infrastructure and the impact of oil exploration activities on wildlife and tourism activities.
The Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, the Toro Kingdom leadership, Kabarole District Local Government, Legislators from Rwenzori region and the entire tourism fraternity are all upbeat about the prospect of transforming Fort Portal as the Tourism hub in Uganda.
Chimpanzee Tracking and Bird watching in Kibale National Park also fondly known as the World's Primate Capital was the major highlight of the Tourism week climaxing in World Tourism Day in Fort Portal, Western Uganda on September 27, 2013.
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World Tourism Day celebrations in the Rwenzori region which were preceded by a week-long exhibition at the Boma grounds, Fort Portal were the key highlight of September,2013.
The well organised and massively attended events attracted the Toro royals, Ministry of Tourism officials and foreign diplomats to track the much sought after chimpanzees in Kibale, Birding and nature walks in the World's primate capital. Our very own Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba was the chief guide and indeed led her visitors to the Kanyantare community of chimpanzees.
Other visitors used the opportunity while in the Rwenzori region to visit Semuliki cruising on the newly tarmacked Fort-Portal road, Queen Elizabeth and the Rwenzori National Parks.
A total of 80 rangers have been commissioned to constitute Uganda Wildlife Authority’s first ever Intelligence Unit to prevent and crack down on the illegal activities against wildlife in and outside the protected areas of Uganda.
The development could not have come at a better time than when Kidepo Valley Park made 50.The nomination also comes on the heels the same pristine protected area having scooped an accolade from the CNN Travel site as the third best national park on the African continent.
Celebrations to mark 50 years of Kidepo Valley National Park and the commissioning of the first ever Uganda Wildlife Authority Intelligence ranger force were the key highlight of the month of August 2013.
On a sad note however, death robbed the authority of her long serving publicist, friend and voice, the Public Relations manager Ms Lillian Nakato Nsubuga, Ms Christine Achan Oryema a personal secretary to the Chief Conservation Area Manager (CCAM) as well as other field staff Mr. Ambrose Mujurizi, Francis Kato and Julius Musinguzi. May their souls rest in eternal peace.
Still with tourism, Kidepo Valley National Park made it to the list of nominees by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for the leading national parks in Africa, the head of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) retained his seat as Secretary General while leading female conservationists were recognized for their leadership in conservation.
The new payment system using a wildlife card was successfully piloted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and at UWA headquarters and will soon roll out to other national parks. More affordable accommodation and restaurant facilities managed by UWA have come up in Moroto, Mbale and Mweya (Queen Elizabeth National Park) with the revamped picturesque Tembo canteen facing the Kazinga channel and the lower camp accommodation facilities fully functioning.
We thank our partners, visitors and all stake holders for the continued support as we together conserve for Generations.