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.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has offered fully paid round trips to the winners of the Buganda Tourism Expo 2011 quiz winners after hosting the finalists to a sumptuous dinner at the Carnival Palace hotel in Kampala.
Ms Olivia Nabunya,23, a self employed secretary and student of the Buganda Royal
A new census of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) mountain gorilla population is set for September this year according to Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Periodic censuses of endangered populations of high-profile species including gorillas help conservationists to understand their population dynamics assess the success of conservation programmes aimed at ensuring their survival, and to ensure that they receive continued attention from the global conservation community.
With a total of 204 energetic and enthusiastic rangers trained and recruited by the Uganda Wildlife Authority recently, protection for the wildlife, guarding against national parks encroachment and improved tourist security are guaranteed.
The strong force was passed out in early June after over three months of training at the National Leadership Institute,Kyankwanzi (NALI).The staff were recruited from areas around all the ten national parks in the country last September and have since been posted to different conservation areas including the headquarters.
According to the Human Resource Unit the implications of this recruitment are that we expect higher productivity levels in enforcement since with increased personnel and equipment which will in turn steer the organization to farther levels in attaining its objectives.
UWA ANNOUNCES NEW TARIFFS AS THE NEW FINANCIAL YEAR BEGINS
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has new tourism tariff for tourists visiting the National Parks which will take effect on 1st July 2011.
According to the new tariff, tourists will pay US$35 per day for foreign non-residents, US$ 25 per day for foreign residents and Ush 10,000 per day for East Africans to enter category A National Parks. Entry fees for children aged between 5 & 15 years have increased to $20 for foreign non residents and $10 for residents and 5,000/- for children.
THE Queen of Buganda, Nabagereka Sylvia Naginda has urged central and local governments to scale up investments in tourism by uplifting our heritage sites and wildlife conservation centers to foster rapid socio-economic development.
The Nabagereka who is also the patron for the Buganda Tourism Board was on Wednesday June 29, 2011 addressing exhibitors and a mammoth crowd that turned up for the ongoing third Buganda Tourism Expo 2011,in Mengo palace grounds, Lubiri,Kampala.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has rescued a two-month-old male baby elephant abandoned at Hamukungu Island on Lake George, near Katunguru trading centre in Kasese District.
The elephant named Charles Hamukungu after the fisherman who picked it and the island it was rescued from, was left behind by an elephant family from Queen Elizabeth National Park after fracturing its leg.
“He carried it in the boat to Hamukungu landing site and we called UWA rangers who carried it to UWA ranger post at Katunguru where they have been looking after it for two months,” Mr Alex Egawu, an animal caretaker, who has looked after the elephant at Katunguru, said.
He said the baby elephant received treatment from Dr Margaret Driciru, a veterinary doctor, while at Katunguru, adding that UWA officials resolved to take it to the Uganda Wildlife Educational Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe.
UWEC spokesperson Belinda Atim said the animal is in a healthy condition. The centre’s boss, Mr James Musinguzi, said the animal takes about two litres of milk per meal.
“It has four meals a day as its still under the quarantine for one month,” Mr Musinguzi said, adding that they will prepare it a new home in a natural environment where people can get education about elephants.
Mr Musinguzi said: “We recently rescued 220 parrots and feeding them costs Shs300,000 a day. This is quite expensive. We call upon stakeholders to join the struggle to conserve the endangered species.”
Friends of critically endangered Mountain Gorillas are mourning the brutal death of Mizaano (meaning playful) on Friday June 17 2011, of Habinyanja Family, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(BINP) who has been the only blackback in the group.The carcass of the stocky gorilla who had been in line to succeed Makara the reigning silverback was discovered by the trackers on Friday morning with a spear wound in the right side of the shoulder.
The number of animals in Uganda's national parks and game reserves has soared over the past decade, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) says.
The latest figures show that the population of some species has doubled since 1999, spokeswoman Lillian Nsubuga said.
Wildlife had benefited from improved monitoring and the expulsion of rebels from the country, she added.
The animals on the rise include buffalos, giraffes and elephants.
New statistics show that the population with the biggest increase is that of the Impala, a grazing antelope.
The number of Impala in Uganda has surged to more than 35,000, from around 1,600 at the time of the last census in 1999.
Hippopotamuses, waterbucks, and zebras are also on the increase.
Ms Nsubuga said the UWA had been able to reduce poaching by improving the monitoring of national parks and reserves and by offering incentives to local communities to protect wildlife.
Since the expulsion of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) from northern Uganda, wildlife officials have also been able to limit poaching in Murchison Falls National Park.
"We can't say that poaching is no longer a problem, but we have been able to reduce it", Ms Nsubuga said.