Uganda Mourns as the noble species is at the verge of disappearing
Following the May 2006 and July 2007 incidents where Queen Elizabeth National Park lost over 15 lions and the May 2010 incident where the same national park lost other 5 lions over suspected poisoning from the locals, another of its kind has befallen it.
Reports from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) have confirmed death of 11 lions at Hamkungu fishing village in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese district. The pride constituted of 3 adult females and eight cubs that are suspected to have been poisoned by a local in the area.
“As a country we benefit vastly from nature tourism especially wildlife, so when a local poisons over 11 lions, that’s a sworn enemy of the country” Bashir Hangi the communications manager for UWA said.
As the largest predator in Africa, there is fear that the reign of the noble lion could be coming to a close according to the rate at which the country is being bereaved.
Researchers from the New York based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and University of St. Andrews in Scotland once analyzed the density and population of Queen Elizabeth National park and Murchison Falls National Park, and in the survey, lion populations had decreased by 30% and 60% respectively deeply troubling conservationists.
Lions are not only a source of foreign exchange to the country but are also a vital component of the eco system; like helping in disease control of Antelopes and Buffalos by devouring sick animals.
By Busulwa Rebecca