The number of animals in Uganda’s national parks and game reserves has soared over the past decade following an intensive campaign against poaching that has seen Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan her neighbours join the struggle to save one of Africa’s amazing wildlife.
Officials say the animal population has doubled in the last 14 years, a development that has brought hope to the East African nation that is eyeing tourism as her key revenue earner.
Wildlife had benefited from improved monitoring and the end of Lords Resistance Army rebels of Joseph Kony that decimated a large population of animals in the wilderness of Northern Uganda, that the bandits used as a source of food and income to purchase arms from lawless groups.
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 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.
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. More....