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Mountain GorillaThe 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.

 

African Grey Parrots ReleasedUganda 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.

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.