In the year 2015, Uganda Wildlife Authority took a decision to translocate fifteen giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park to Lake Mburo National Park. Of these 15 Giraffes, 4 were males and 11 females. The translocation aimed to establish a viable, free-ranging population in Lake Mburo National Park. According to Dr. Aruho, A Senior Veterinary officer in UWA, several scientific studies had been undertaken prior to ensure habitat support of the giraffe population once introduced in the park.
Chief Warden Lake Mburo National Park Asa Kule reveals that since translocation, the population has almost doubled with 29 individuals in the park. A baby boom of 9 babies was registered this year alone. This now brings the total number of babies to 13.
Dr. Aruho adds that Lake Mburo National Park’s open savannah nature with plenty of acacia has presented good grazing zones for the gentle giants. Their imposing nature has added significantly to the tourism products of Lake Mburo National Park.
Another reason for their survival is that the giraffes are not of so much interest to poachers considering that ever since their translocation, no case of poaching has been registered so far. They range within the park where acacia is still in plenty. In addition to plenty of food in Lake Mburo National Park, there is abundant water from Lake Mburo and the big wetland system which is very huge supplement to the rains.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has been working hard to protect these endangered species in their natural habitat to restore their population numbers. Translocation, careful monitoring and research together with partners have advanced their conservation.
There are several threats to giraffes that include disease, illegal hunting, and habitat degradation. Uganda Wildlife Authority has worked tirelessly to combat poaching, encroachment and with a well-equipped veterinary unit constantly monitors the populations for signs of disease. The hard work and dedication is paying off with an increase in wildlife population numbers.