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.
The planned launch of Oruzogo mountain gorilla group for tourism has got a boost following the birth of two new babies in the family last week.
Three partners Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA), Kisoro District Local Government and United Organization for Batwa Development of Uganda (UOBDU) on June 7 launched the Batwa Cultural Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park(MGNP)which the commissioner for Tourism Ms Grace Aulo dubbed the Tourism product of the decade.
Signing of MOU between Rotary and Frienda-a-gorillaUganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Rotary District 9200 comprising countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Eretria and Ethiopia have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly carry out projects promoting wildlife conservation and tourism.