The hippos in Uganda take a new habitat in kyamwiga Crater Lake
Hippopotamus which are among the famous aquatic Uganda safari Species are greatly found in the water bodies in protected areas including the Kazinga Channel, Lake George and Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the River Nile in Murchison Falls Park, Lake Mburo in Lake Mburo National Park among other sites and form interesting features impressive to the travelers on safaris in Uganda
Adding to the list of their wonders, the Hippos occupied a new habitat where they never existed previously. Straying from the water bodies in the National Park of Queen Elizabeth, over thirty (30) Hippopotamus took control of the Kyamwiga Crater Lake which is within the human settled areas in the Sub County of Katerera in the district of Rubirizi.
The local people are in intense fear of the new creatures since they can be dangerous to human life. These animals are noted to have spent some time in this lake having occupied it in the month of February early this year. They are noted to move in a radius distance of five (5) Kilometers each night destroying the local plantations and gardens including the cotton, bananas and sorghum not forgetting other cereals.
Though the district officials claim to have requested Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to relocate these Species but the body has kept a deaf ear and apparently they are looking up to the President to save them from the Hippos that are likely to cause of life on top of the loss of property.
The response from Uganda Wildlife Authority Director Dr. Andrew Seguya shows acknowledgment of the animal migration and sees it as an opportunity to co-exist with them and tap them as a resource to attract travelers on safari in Uganda to visit their community where they can also earn some revenue. The UWA chief promised to work on deployment of UWA rangers to ensure the safety of the local people