The UWA Deputy Director Community Conservation, George Owoyesigire argued that even when the mandate of breeding endangered species is with Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, UWEC, other centres can also be established in the country.
District leaders have called for more breeding centres for
endangered species in the country to prevent their extinction.
The call was made during a meeting organized by Uganda Wildlife Authority – UWA
for leaders from districts that make up Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area.
During the meeting held in Fort Portal Tourism City, they noted that several
wild animals and plants are on the verge of extinction due to poaching and
other threats to wildlife. They cited examples of the Northern White
Rhinos, Eastern Black Rhinos, Cycads, three-horned chameleons, tree-climbing
lions and elephants, among others.
The UWA Deputy Director Community Conservation, George Owoyesigire argued that
even when the mandate of breeding endangered species is with Uganda Wildlife
Conservation Education Centre, UWEC, other centres can also be established in
Owoyesigire said that the country already has a few other centres like the Ziwa
Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district and Buwama Crocodile Farm in Mpigi
district, which is serving commercial and conservation purposes.
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He noted that once the centres are many around the country, it
would improve on wildlife conservation and tourism potential among other
Sylvester Agubashongorera, the Rubirizi LCV Chairperson, added
that for purposes of being effective, the centres can be located in places
where the game reserves and national parks with endangered species are located.
He reasoned that this would make it easier to reintroduce the species into the
wild once they have multiplied at the breeding centres.
The Ntoroko Resident District Commissioner, Mesach Kawamara, said other than
having more wildlife breeding centres, there is also a need for more
sensitization of the public on the importance of wildlife conservation. He gave
an example of rampant poaching in Semuliki Wildlife Reserve in Ntoroko district,
where he said the perpetrators are just greedy with the bad culture of eating
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David Duli, the Country Director of World Wide Fund - WWF for Nature, noted
that there is increasing degradation of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area,
which lies within 12 districts in Western Uganda. To reverse the trend, Duli
said there is a need for concerted efforts and the application of multi-pronged
Districts found within the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area include Rubirizi,
Kasese, Kabarole, Bunyangabu, Bushenyi, Mitoma and Rukungiri among others. The
area is so important because it contains Queen Elizabeth national park,
Rwenzori Mountains national park, Kigezi and Kyambura wildlife reserves, which
are important for tourism in the country.