Posts Tagged ‘Uganda’

Park in Uganda asked to tame wild animals

June 4, 2008

The Kasese district security committee has asked the management of the Elizabeth National Park to restrain wild animals from attacking neighbouring communities.

The resident district commissioner, Capt. James Mwesigye, recently said the committee had received several complaints from the population about stray animals were destroying their crops.

He identified elephants as the most notorious.

“When pastoralists graze in the park, they are arrested and prosecuted,” Mwesigye said. “But when elephants destroy crops, no compensation is offered. That is unfair.”

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World’s Rarest Gorilla Finds Sanctuary

April 22, 2008

The government of Cameroon—with guidance from the Wildlife Conservation Society—has created the world’s first sanctuary exclusively for the Cross River gorilla, the world’s rarest kind of great ape. The Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary was officially created by decree of the Prime Minister of Cameroon Ephraim Inoni and was announced via state radio.

Classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN’s Red List, the Cross River gorilla is the rarest of the four subspecies of gorilla. The entire population numbers under 300 individuals across its entire range, which consists of 11 scattered sites in Cameroon and Nigeria. The Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) is one of two subspecies of western gorilla, the other being Gorilla gorilla gorilla, the western lowland gorilla. The eastern gorilla includes the eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri), and the famous mountain gorillas of the Virunga Mountains and southern Uganda (Gorilla beringei beringei).

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Uganda: Residents Compensated for Lost Animals

March 7, 2008

Residents of northern and eastern Uganda who lost their animals during the war can now smile again.

The Northern Uganda Social Action Fund has distributed 192,000 animals and birds in a restocking exercise to replace those eaten by the rebels, the army or rustled by Karimojong raiders.

The fund’s education and communication specialist, Martin Okumu, said 33,557 heifers were given out to several groups in the regions.

According to him, Teso got 17,178 heifers, West Nile 2,700, Acholi 11,767 and Lango 1, 912 .

“We have also given to the communities 9,029 bulls, 18,476 goats and 10,434 pigs during the period the (compensation) project has been operational in the sub-regions,” said Okumu.

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