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.