Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has rewarded journalists who have excelled in covering conservation and tourism issues with free entrance to the national parks between September and December 2011.
The offer was announced by the UWA acting Executive Director, Dr. Andre Ggunga Seguya on September 16, 2011 during the Sustainable Tourism Media awards ceremony held at Kampala Serena
Alex Lumu, aged 24, on Thursday reaped from his vast knowledge for wildlife conservation and culture when Uganda Wildlife honoured his offer of a fully paid trip to Lake Mburo National Park in south western Uganda.
The 24 year old who is also an artiste and comedian at various exhibitions, earned his trip following his victorious participation in the Buganda Tourism Expo 2011 which was administered by UWA testing respondents’ interest and knowledge of Ugandan wildlife and Buganda culture.
The Uganda National Farmers Federation has honored Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) for its participation and contribution to the agricultural and trade sector in the country, with a certificate of recognition (See below).
Friday 30th September 2011 will be the BIG BIRDING DAY 2011! It is a day when bird watching enthusiasts come together to celebrate Uganda’s famous bird species whose population is said to be one of the highest in Africa. It is the third consecutive year that the day will be celebrated after it was officially launched in October 2010.
The long awaited census has finally kicked off. Bwindi impenetrable is known to have more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas. The Teams comprising of rangers and wardens from the three countries from Uganda, Rwanda and Congo are assembled in Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable forest to begin a pre-census training.
Tourism needs more marketing
LACK of marketing of Uganda’s tourism potential is one of the factors preventing the sector from developing, MPs have said.
Last week, MPs on the committee on tourism quizzed wildlife minister Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu over the lack of marketing of the country’s tourism potential.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has learnt with dismay the merciless killing of an adult lioness by a section of Kazinga village residents neighboring Queen Elizabeth National Park in south western Uganda on Thursday.
While we sympathize with the community over the loss of their goats killed by the straying lioness, the act of spearing the lion to death was uncalled for, since there are known established channels of addressing the problem like alerting the national park authorities to drive the lioness back to the park.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has released 204 highly endangered African grey parrots back to the wild after a six months quarantine period. The parrots were confiscated at the Mpondwe Customs border post in Kasese and at a private farm at Kawuku along the Kampala-Entebbe highway.
At a release ceremony in one of the protected areas on July 28, 2011 UWA’s Community Conversation coordinator, Johnson Masereka said these parrots are part of the 270 parrots rescued from smugglers who wanted to export them to European countries.
A scenic crater lakes drive, an array of fauna and countless species of birds were a source of a memorable experience for Ms Rukiya Lwanyaga and her partner Joseph Kikomeko who recently won a fully paid trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) senior warden Law Enforcement (SWLE) Mr. Lulu Itipa has joined the world of celebrities after receiving a prestigious continental award for his exceptional contribution towards elephant conservation in Africa.
Mr. Itipa’s award was announced at the African Elephant Law Enforcement Day celebration on July 20,2011 in Kenya’s Voi town . He was among the five personalities to be pronounced the first ever Wildlife Law Enforcement heroes and he received his accolade from none other than the Kenyan President Emilio Mwai Kibaki. He brought home a gold-plated medal, a bronze –plated elephant trophy and a certificate all valued at US $460 on top of flying a premier class and a presidential hand shake.