UCF has completed the construction of another ranger post which was handed over to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at the end of April. The Pakuba/Semanya ranger post in the Murchison Falls Conservation Area will accommodate up to 22 rangers. The station has two separate living accommodation blocks, one a 6 roomed purpose built block for the rangers permanently based at Semanya and the other a 40 ft container converted to accommodate 16 mobile patrol rangers. The accommodation areas are equipped with 22 beds. The ranger post is also served by a rainwater collection tank, 2 shower rooms and 3 eco-toilets.
The official handover was made by Patrick Shah, Chairman of the UCF operational company Uganda Conservation (U) Ltd who was accompanied by several other directors, to Tom Okello UWA Conservation Area Manager for Murchison Falls Conservation Area. The opportunity was taken to also hand over a number of bicycles for use by the rangers in their work.
UCF has been able to complete the construction of this ranger post with the generous support of grants from David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, International Elephant Foundation, Seaworld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Tusk Trust. Many Ugandan based organisations have also contributed directly or in kind and these include Nile Breweries, SSL, Sadolin Paints, Equator Catering, Sheraton Hotel and the Murchison Falls Fishing Competition. Lastly we are also indebted to other supporters of UCF around the world. It is hoped to commence the building of a marine ranger station adjacent to this new ranger post very shortly to further improve the capabilities of the UWA rangers in fighting poachers and protecting the wildlife for future generations.
UCF Photographs from the handover day
Six berth block for permanently based rangers Mobile patrol rangers accommodation
Official handover by Patrick Shah, UCU Chairman, UWA rangers happy to see their new base Also pictured
to Tom Okello, UWA Conservation Area Manager. Michael Keigwin, UCF Founder, & Patrick Agaba,
UCF Project Manager.
Captured suspected poachers on handover day
UCF continues to support Uganda Wildlife Authority in its hard work to combat the increasing threats from poachers. For over 10 years, UCF has supported and enabled a permanent presence of rangers within and around the protected areas. Having previously worked with UWA mainly in the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area UCF was asked to replicate some of their work in the Murchison Falls National Park and this is the first ranger post that UCF has built in the Murchison Falls NConervation Area, others are planned subject to the necessary funding being sourced.
UCF has also boosted the veterinary response unit for the park area with the provision of a refurbished vehicle and other equipment and is looking to convert a building to provide improved laboratory facilities.
At UCF, we believe that to save the remaining elephants and other wildlife, there is still a lot more needed to sustain our actions in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls Protected Areas. Unless action is taken now, the next generations may never see elephants.
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