News snippets: Lonely Planet chooses Uganda as top country tourist attraction for 2012; Rothschild's Giraffe - an endangered species; Early Ape skull found in Karamoja region, Uganda
Lonely Planet chooses Uganda as top country tourist attraction for 2012
Lonely Planet's new book 'Best in Travel 2012' has named Uganda as the top country tourist attraction for 2012. Quite an accolade from the largest travel guide book publisher in the world!
Why not come and see for yourself what makes Uganda - its people, scenery and wildlife - so special to us, and so worth helping?
Rothschild's Giraffe - an endangered species
The Rothchild's Giraffe has IUCN Endangered Species status and it is estimated that only 670 individuals remain in the wild. The only key populations remaining in the natural range are in Uganda's Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Parks with other groups found in Kenya's national parks and nature reserves outside their natural range. Populations in Uganda have dropped from an estimated 2500 in the 1960s to fewer than 250. The loss of suitable habitat through farming development is blamed for much of the decline.
(Extract from Africa Geographic, October 2011)
It is hoped that the expansion of UCF's work into the Murchison Falls National Park will improve security in the area and help the growth in numbers.
A 20 million-year-old ape skull found in the remote north-eastern Karamoja region of Uganda could shed light on East Africa's evolutionary history. 'This is the first time that the complete skull of an ape of this age has been found' said Martin Pickford, a palaeontologist at the College de France in Paris. 'It is a highly important fossil and will put Uganda on the map in terms of the scientific world'.
(Extract from Discovery News, Africa Geographic October 2011)