Heartbreaking news out of Uganda from Adventure Consults:
Sometimes if not all the time, it can be extremely difficult to share bad news with the world especially when you lose a National treasure! A pride of three lionesses and eight cubs have been reported dead due to suspected poisoning by the local community at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Reports reaching Adventure Consults indicate that the innocent pride fed on poisoned livestock carcass at Hamkungu fishing village, an enclave of the Park. It’s alleged that the pride attacked someone’s cow and in revenge, the community poined the carcass and lions fed on it! As per social media platforms and local press, Uganda Wildlife Authority communications manager, Mr Bashir Hangi, confirmed the unfortunate and barbaric incident. The Government is taking the issue seriously and investigations are going on. The commissioner Wildlife Conservation in the Ministry Of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Dr Akankwasah Barirega, said that “We have commissioned investigations into the matter. We shall use the evidence gathered to prosecute and if convicted decisively punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime.”
Uganda Tour operators, through their umbrella association (Association of Uganda Tour operators), released a statement this afternoon and emphasized that there’s urgent need for “a nationwide sensitization on the importance of wildlife conservation to the country’s tourism sector and the overall economic sustainability of Uganda. This should start with the communities living in and around the national parks and should spread to all Ugandans of all ages”.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular savannah conservation area with an incredible array of wildlife including almost 100 species of mammals, from hippos, elephants, leopards, lions, the elusive giant forest hog, the handsome Uganda kob to Chimpanzees in her Kyambura Gorge; all these in addition to over 600 bird species. The southern area of Ishasha as you exit towards Bwindi, is famous for its tree-climbing lions. The Gorillas in the neighboring Bwindi and diverse wildlife at Queen Elizabeth, partly makes Uganda a unique and all in one destination.
Adventure Consults appeals to all stakeholders to keep sensitizing the world about the value of Nature and Wildlife conservation. Our sales team can be of help on how one can be involved in Wildlife conservations programs as part of your holiday to Uganda. Get in touch; firstname.lastname@example.org
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