Pian Upe Game Reserve Welcomes Back Giraffes

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has embarked on the re-introduction of the Rothschild giraffes to Game reserves where they have been lacking. This exercise started earlier with the first batch of Rothschild giraffes to be re-introduced to Lake Mburo National Park in Western Part of Uganda which Exercise was a success and currently the numbers are improving in this Park. Last week the first batch of these Rothschild giraffes were release into the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve as part of the reintroduction exercise that will see a total of 15 giraffes in a ratio of 5 males and 10 females to be reintroduced into the this Game reserve and these Rothschild giraffes have been trans-located from Murchison Falls National Park

UWA Truck Trans-locating Giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve

A representation of the Chairman UWA Board of Trustees was by Dr. Panta Kasoma who presided over the release of these giraffes in the wild in acknowlgement of a member of UWA Board of Trustees Mr. Leonard Wamakote, UWA management, leaders of districts neighbouring the reserve and community members together with the corroborative institutions’ representatives.
In Dr. Kasoma’s statement, he said that “the re-introduction of giraffes in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is in line with UWA’s strategic objectives among which is the reintroduction of once extinct species in these areas.” He further elaborated that “This exercise addresses one of UWA’s key conservation objective of restoring and managing viable populations of extinct or endangered wildlife species. We are happy that we now have giraffes in Pian Upe after so many years and we hope this will further enhance tourism in the reserve”, he said. Dr. Kasoma further continued to explain more value addition to the re-introduction of these Rothschild giraffes to Pian Upe as not only to increased tourism but with other benefits such as employment, sale of food and crafts as well as accommodation thus increased revenue sharing and other indirect economic benefits will be achieved.

UWA Executive Director delegated, the Deputy Director Field Operations Mr. Charles Tumwesigye who reported that “In a bid to enhance the tourism potential of Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, UWA last year translocated 92 Impalas into the reserve, He added that UWA’s efforts to protect the wildlife in the reserve has also resulted to increase in numbers of Roan Antelope, Eland, Zebra, Hartebeest, and Cheetah among others.” This 3 week translocation exercise is anticipated to enhance the long-term survival of the species, restore the natural biodiversity and long-term economic benefits to the entire wildlife conservation value chain. It is also to enable communities with cultural attachments to giraffes to participate in its conservation, enhance the conservation value of Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve by reintroducing one of its indigenous species that had become extinct.

The Rothschild giraffes’ translocation exercise is being undertaken with support from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and Chayenne Mountain Zoo in the United States. The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) and Makerere University are also participating in the exercise.

About Pain Upe Wildlife Reserve;

About Pain Upe Wildlife Reserve is the largest Wildlife Reserve and the second largest Protected Area (after MFNP) in Uganda, covering an area of 2,043 km2. It was established by a Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 220 of 1964 and amended by SI No. 136 of 1965 as a reserve. It is located in Nakapiripirit and Amudat districts and bordered by Napak, Katakwi, Kumi, Kween, Bulambuli and Bukedea districts. Related Blogs

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