ENHANCING ECOLOGICAL DIVERSITY; THE STORY OF INTERNAL ANIMAL TRANSLOCATION IN UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS
The first major one was Rothschild Giraffe translocation from Murchison Falls National Park to Lake Mburo National Park in June 2016 where a total of fifteen (15) Rothschild Giraffes were transferred accordingly. The respective individuals adapted well to the acacia savannah stretches of Lake Mburo National Park and now encountered by travellers on Uganda Safaris.
Besides the Giraffe translocation to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda Wildlife Authority also undertook another shift of Rothschild Giraffes from the savannah stretches of northern sector of the park to the shrub lands of the southern sector of the park early this year.
This move to enhance the ecology in different parks has gone beyond the Rothschild Giraffes. The most recent is the Kob translocation from Murchison Falls National Park to the famous Kidepo Valley National Park in the far North East of Uganda. A minimum of 100 Kobs were transferred boosting the food supply for big cats in Kidepo and enhancing the park’s vibrancy in the safari world. Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the fascinating but less explored Uganda tour destinations due to its far distance from Kampala.
These efforts combined are a positive step towards sustainable conservation especially following the discovery of Oil in the Albertine rift where Murchison Falls National Park is part.