Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA has successfully concluded the second phase of Giraffe reintroduction to Pian Upe Wildlife reserve. The exercise saw 15 giraffes; 4 males and 11 females translocated from Murchison Falls national park and released into the reserve.
The Second phase of giraffe re-introduction brings the number of giraffes taken to the reserve to 29 following the translocation of 14 giraffes in phase one last year.
“This batch of giraffes adds on the 14 that we translocated last year. We already have Impalas in the reserve and our efforts to protect the wildlife in the reserve have resulted to increase in numbers of Roan Antelope, Eland, Zebra, Hartebeest, and Cheetah among others,” said Sam Mwandha, UWA’s Executive Director.
He revealed that the reintroduction of giraffes in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is in line with UWA’s strategic objectives among which is the reintroduction of extinct species.
“This exercise addresses one of our key conservation objective of restoring and managing viable populations of extinct or endangered species,” he said.
According to Mwandha, the concluded translocation exercise is one of the ways the organization is using to enhance the tourism potential of Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.
He also noted that the three-week translocation exercise will enhance the long-term survival of the species; restore natural biodiversity and long-term economic benefits to the entire wildlife conservation value chain.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that the translocation was being undertaken with support from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and Chayenne Mountain Zoo in the United States, Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) and Makerere University.
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Pain Upe Wildlife Reserve located in Nakapiripirit and Amudat districts, is the largest Wildlife Reserve and the second largest Protected Area (after Murchison Falls National Park) in Uganda. It covers an area of 2,043 km2 and is bordered by Napak, Katakwi, Kumi, Kween, Bulambuli and Bukedea districts.