Lions die in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Lions die in Queen Elizabeth National Park: The Uganda Wildlife Authority on Saturday 20th March announced the unfortunate death of six lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. In a letter that was circulated to all stakeholders the Uganda Wildlife Authority stated that the six lions were found by the park rangers and their bodies dismembered with some parts missing. 

Lions die in Queen Elizabeth National Park

The lions that died were tree-climbing lions from the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Uganda Wildlife authority says the scene of the incident suggested that there was a possible poisoning of the lions by malicious persons that are yet to be identified. 

The letter further stated that an investigation had been launched into the matter by the Uganda Wildlife Authority together with the Kanungu police and the people on the ground. 

The tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park are the main attraction in the Queen Elizabeth National park bringing several visitors to the park every month. 

The death of the six lions will therefore be a huge blow to the park, because it may reduce the number of visitors that come to the park, especially those that are interested in sighting the extraordinary tree-climbing lions

The death of these lions will also greatly affect the tourism sector at large because Queen Elizabeth National Park is one the most visited national parks in Uganda, but now since the animals are gone, the number of persons visiting the park may reduce causing significant declines in the tourism sector. 

The tourism industry in Uganda is a top foreign exchange income for Uganda and has been for at least for the 3 to 5 years with nature tourism bringing in about 1.6 billion to Ugandan economy annually before the covid19 outbreak. 

The revenue from the tourism industry, not only contributes to Uganda’s economy but the moneys from the sector are used to support and develop the communities that live around the wildlife protected areas  

As stated the death of these lions will greatly affect the tourism revenue and thus affect the different things the tourism revenue would do for the communities living around the wildlife protected areas and the other stakeholders in the tourism industry. 

Illegal killing of wildlife is common all around Africa with persons killing wild animals for different reasons that include getting their skins, horns, tusks, meat, pleasure purposes, spiritual rituals, chasing them from their habitat and many more 

Wildlife Authorities across Africa including the Uganda wildlife Authority have continued to strengthen efforts against illegal killing of wild animals through continuously condemning these killings, enforcing more strict protection laws on animals, gazetting areas with wildlife, sensitising people about the importance of wildlife, punishing those caught in these acts of illegal animal killings among other things. 

The Uganda Wildlife Authority continues to condemn all acts of illegal killing of wildlife and continues to assure the local and international community that it will keep strengthening its efforts to protect lions and other wildlife in the pearl Africa. 

International and local tourists are encouraged to continue visiting the different national parks to enjoy the variety of wildlife in Uganda and to support the wildlife conservation works of the Uganda wildlife authority.

In this season also the Uganda Wildlife Authority has extended its festive offer of discounted entry fees to the parks to further encourage people to visit the different national parks in the country. 

Though it has lost six lions Queen Elizabeth National Park, remains a top destination in Uganda and a visit to this park will give you an opportunity to enjoy spectacular game drives, boat rides, nature walks and many more activities.

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