The number of animals in Uganda's National Parks and game reserves has soared over the past decade, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) says.
The latest figures show that the population of some species has doubled since 1999, spokeswoman Lillian Nsubuga said. Wildlife had benefited from improved monitoring and the expulsion of rebels from the country, she added.
The animals on the rise include buffaloes, giraffes and elephants. New statistics show that the population with the biggest increase is that of the impala, a grazing antelope. The number of Impala in Uganda has surged to more than 35,000 from around 1,600 at the time of the last census in 1999. Hippopotamuses, waterbucks and zebras are also on the increase.
Ms Nsubuga said UWA had been able to reduce poaching by improving the monitoring of national parks and reserves and by offering incentives to local communities to protect wildlife.
"We can't say that poaching is no longer a problem, but we have been able to reduce it", Ms Nsubuga said.
Full article BBC NEWS Africa, 25th September.
Comment from UCF
UCF works closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to tackle poaching, building the capacity of the law enforcement teams to confront bushmeat traffickers and dismantle poacher camps.
Through its Waterways Project UCF has established a number of marine ranger stations equipped with boats to enable the UWA rangers to move more quickly and easily in order to combat poaching and other illegal activities. We are pleased that the work of UCF is showing dividends with increasing wildlife numbers. Nevertheless, poaching, bushmeat and ivory trafficking does continue and UCF is seeking to expand its work and support of UWA into other national parks and game reserves within Uganda to try to ensure that the increase in wildlife numbers may continue and rebuild to make Uganda once again the Pearl of Africa.
Ten years after constitution UCF continues to support the communities and wildlife of Uganda. UCF can only succeed with your help. PLEASE DONATE ONLINE NOW.