UWA Translocates Kobs And Buffaloes To Ajai Wildlife Reserve

UWA Translocates Kobs And Buffaloes To Ajai Wildlife Reserve

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is undertaking the translocation of 200 kobs and 50 buffalos from Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve and Murchison Falls Protected Area respectively to Ajai Wildlife Reserve. The animal translocation addresses one of the key conservation objectives of restoring and managing viable populations of extinct or endangered species in protected areas.

The exercise is aimed at repopulating Ajai Wildlife Reserve in preparation for the introduction of Southern White Rhinos in the reserve. By reintroducing common species such as kobs and buffaloes, UWA aims to enhance the reserve’s capacity to manage diverse wildlife populations effectively.

This effort aligns with UWA’s comprehensive approach encompassing law enforcement, community engagement, monitoring and research, veterinary care, and corporate governance.

This effort aligns with UWA’s comprehensive approach encompassing law enforcement, community engagement, monitoring and research, veterinary care, and corporate governance.

The translocation will improve and maintain the ecological integrity of the reserve by enriching the wildlife diversity therein and create new opportunities for tourism. It will also put the region on the national tourism map and circuit and enhance the appreciation of natural resource conservation and benefits accruing from the tourism value chain. This is therefore anticipated to drive tourism revenue and foster community prosperity through revenue-sharing initiatives.

According to the Executive Director Sam Mwandha, this translocation effort underscores UWA’s commitment to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration. “By reintroducing key species to Ajai Wildlife Reserve, UWA is not only enhancing the ecological balance but also setting the stage for the successful reintroduction of rhinos in the near future.”

The Chairman of the UWA Board of Trustees Prof. James Kalema, emphasized the significance of the translocation exercise in fostering sustainable tourism and community engagement. “The translocation of wildlife to Ajai Wildlife Reserve is a testament to our dedication to responsible tourism and inclusive conservation practices. This initiative will not only elevate the tourism potential of the reserve but also ensure equitable benefits for local communities through revenue sharing mechanisms.”

Over the past decade, UWA management has implemented a program aimed at repopulating wildlife protected areas with dwindling populations. The objectives of this program encompass ecosystem balance, tourism enhancement, as well as preservation of aesthetic and cultural values, among others. This initiative has successfully led to the repopulation of several areas, including Kidepo Valley, Lake Mburo, and Murchison Falls National Parks, as well as Katonga, Pian Upe, and Kabwoya wildlife reserves.

About Ajai Wildlife Reserve

Once a thriving wildlife protected area and a home to the now critically endangered Northern White rhinos, Ajai WR, a 166 km2 reserve is near devoid of fauna. The lawlessness and poor management of the reserve in the 1970’s and 1980’s led to the local extinction of some keystone species in the reserve including the northern white rhinos while significant decline in the population of other species was also registered.

Therefore, the reintroduction of key species such as kobs and buffalos, and later the Southern White Rhinos, demonstrates the significant strides taken by UWA towards restoring the ecological balance and safeguarding Ajai’s biodiversity for generations to come.

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