Uganda’s Wildlife Population Thrives: Conservation Efforts Pay Off


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Uganda, known for its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife, has witnessed a significant increase in its wildlife population, thanks to improved conservation efforts. The Ministry of Tourism has recently announced this achievement, which is believed to be a result of dedicated preservation and protection measures.

Rtd Col Tom R. Butime, the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, shared these exciting developments during a media conference held February 20, 2024 in preparation for the upcoming World Wildlife Day. Minister Butime highlighted the remarkable growth in various animal species over the years.

Between the years 1983 and 2021, Uganda has witnessed a noteworthy surge in the buffalo population, which has risen from 25,000 to an impressive 44,163. Similarly, the elephant population has experienced substantial growth, increasing from 2000 to 7,975. The giraffe population has also witnessed significant progress, soaring from a mere 350 to a thriving community of 2,072 giraffes.

Minister Butime expressed particular satisfaction with the reintroduction of rhinos to Uganda. These majestic creatures had faced extinction in the early 1980s but have since made a successful comeback.

“The Government of Uganda has successfully reintroduced Rhinos in Uganda, which had gone extinct in the early 1980s,” stated Minister Butime.

He added that the initial group of eight rhinos has flourished and multiplied, resulting in a current population of over 32 individuals.

Uganda takes great pride in being recognized as one of the world’s richest countries in terms of biodiversity. The country is home to an astonishing 53.9% of the mountain gorilla population, a globally endangered species. This fact further underscores the significance of Uganda’s conservation efforts and solidifies its responsibility as a custodian of precious wildlife.

To commemorate these exceptional achievements, Uganda is set to celebrate the 11th edition of World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2024, under the theme “Connecting People and the Planet, Exploring Digital Innovations in Wildlife Conservation.” The event will be held in the picturesque Kyenjojo District, serving as a testament to Uganda’s commitment to protecting its wildlife and promoting global environmental conservation initiatives.

As Uganda continues its efforts to safeguard its natural resources, the future looks promising for the country’s wildlife. With a renewed dedication to conservation and the implementation of innovative practices, Uganda is set to further enhance its role as a prime destination for eco-tourism and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

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