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Stricter measures to stop elephant poaching in Uganda

08-06-2013 15:56 BJT Special Report: The Great Migration |

Though Uganda is not as diverse as Kenya or Tanzania when it comes to sheer variety of wildlife, it is home to 500 species of mammals. Our correspondent Isabel Nakirya tells us more.

Isabel Nakirya, Murchison National Park, Uganda, said, "In terms of the big five and large mammal population generally, the number is gradually increasing according to statistics from the wildlife authority. Cats, however, and in particular lions, have for the last decade faced a serious threat of poisoning around Queen Elizabeth National park, one of the largest parks in the country. Farmers and animal keepers there leave fruit laced with poison in traps in an attempt to protect their cattle and crops from large cats.

“The wildlife authority has recorded a 50% decline in the lion population from 200 in the 1990s to about 100 today. We are told in the last four years, the country has also lost more elephants compared to the previous decade. In 2011 alone the country recorded 25 deaths and 189 last year due to armed poaching. Earlier I spoke to an official at the wildlife authority who says some conservation efforts like stopping encroachment into the National Parks have been successful to some extent."


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