Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is in advanced stages of rolling out a new hustle free payment system for her clients to access her national parks products and services.
The authority has introduced a Wildlife Card which is a plastic card about the size of a credit card, with an embedded microchip that will be used by the reservation/customer care officers to load the GORILLA and CHIMPANZEE tracking details and electronic cash payments for other tourism activities in the five National Parks of Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale, and Murchison Falls for now. It will be rolled to the rest of the national parks in the near future.
Uganda's representatives to the 2013 IT Berlin tourism exhibition put up a spirited performance to emerge the fifth best exhibitors in the African category.
Boosted by the famous Ndere Cultural Troupe and armed with a variety of promotional materials, state of art branding items for the stand,the team arrived earlier on 3rd March and had the first preparatory meeting on 4th February at the Uganda Embassy together with the EAC representatives and Deputy Ambassadors of the EAC.
The US ambassador HE Scott DeLisi and his wife, the head of the USAID Mission here Leslie Reed and other high ranking US embassy officials on March 13,14 visited MFNP, where they enjoyed a game drive, visited Top of Falls and launched the Tourism for Biodiversity Program implemented by AWF. Mr. Raymond Engena represented the ED while Tom Okello brriefed the delegation about the history of the park,visitor trends,Wildlife population trends and the conservation challenges as well as the co-existece of oil exploration activities and wildlife.
Awed by the beauty of the mighty Murchison Falls,the US amabassador remarked " From the awe-inspiring Murchiso Falls and the park's abudant wildlife,to diverse birdand primate populationsof the Budongo Forest,you canot help but a bit humbled by the tremendous natural beauty of our planet and the richness and abundancethat exists around us."
He added that the beauty and diversity adds richness to our lives and an add riches to the nation's purse but only if we ensure that we protect the heritage with which we have been blessed.
He later launched the Tourism for Bio-diversity program which he said is a cooperative agreement with those who know first-hand Uganda's natural beauty and the ugent need to protect it.
He said UWA's mission to preserve Uganda's natural gifts,is also part of a global mission,ad that this second decade of the century has been designated a the UN Decade of Biodiversity.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) benefitted from another kind donation of two brand-new Yamaha DT125 motor bikes from the proceeds of 2013 Murchison Falls Invitational Fishing Tournament (MFIFT) which closed on March 9th at the Murchison River Lodge.
The motor bike donations came from Yamaha Uganda and SABMiller plc the parent company of Nile Breweries Limited which also produces the popular Rwenzori Mineral Water. The motor-bikes are to be used by UWA in stepping up patrols against illegal activities in Uganda's largest protected area. The Yamaha bike donated through Toyota was won by Piet de Jong who caught a fish closes to a hidden weight and he kindly on behalf of the fishing competition handed it over to UWA.
Led by the chairman, Mr. Benjamin Otto, the Uganda Wildlife Authority Board of Trustees(BoT) Members paid a supervisory visit to Kibale Conservation Area comprising of Kibale NP, Semuliki NP, Katonga and Toro-Semuliki Wildlife reserves between February 22-24th, this year. Besides meeting and interacting with the staff, the board members successfully tracked the much sought after chimpanzees in Kibale forest, inspected works on the 12- room block being constructed for ranger guides near Kanyancu, the tourism centre and toured the face project at Mainaro where a big chunk of land previously degraded has been successfully restored as a natural forest.
RUHEMUKA, a subordinate Silverback in the newly habituated Kahungye Mountain gorilla family has passed on in a painful forest accident.
The robust silverback estimated to be slightly above 30 years old is believed to have fallen off a tree landing his head on the ground from a height of 20-30 meters on March 6th,2013. Rangers discovered that his mouth and the eyes had been hit and torn by a nearby tree. The sharp trauma/organ injury, with excessive bleeding into the brain is believed to have led to instant shock and resultant death.
Bangkok, Thailand – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has pledged to end ivory trade in Thailand, seizing a key opportunity to stem global wildlife trafficking. Her statement came after the call of nearly 1.5 million WWF and Avaaz supporters.
Prime Minister Shinawatra said at the opening of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok that Thailand would take steps to end ivory trade – the first time the Thai government has said this publicly.Uganda Wildlife Authority was well represented at the convention by three Board of Trustees members namely Dr. Andrew Ggunga Seguya who is the board Secretary and Executive Director UWA,Dr. Gladys Kalema and Captain Emily Otekat.UWA staff members included Mr. Charles Tumwesigye the Chief Conservation Area Manager(CCAM),Mr. Aggrey Rwetsiba te Senior Cordinator Ecological Research and Monitoring and Mr. Samuel Amanya a senior warden Community conservation.
Welcome yet again to our latest edition of the Wildlife online newsletter.We are grateful to all of you who gave us constructive feedback on our previous issue.A lot of developments have since occured in the tourism industry that are worth sharing with you.We thank you for your usual cooperation ad support for the conservation and tourism causes.
Uganda emerged the fifth best exhibitor in the African category at the March 6-10 International Travel Berlin Fair 2013 where UWA was effectively represented, Bwindi, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth ,Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley national parks National parks attracted a lot of interests from international tour operators and potential visitors.
The 14th edition of the Murchison Falls Invitational Fishing Tournament was successfully held between March to 9th with the largest individual catch being an 80kg Nile perch by an angler working with British American Tobacco in Uganda.UWA was represented by a four-man team including a staff from Lake Mburo NP and for the first time the members of the neighbouring community was represented by three fishermen who were excited by the catch and release exercise.
The US ambassador to Uganda Mr. Scott Delisi visited Murchison Falls National Park, had a game drive and launched the 10 million dollar Tourism for Biodiversity Program which will support tourism development in Kidepo, Lake Mburo and Murchison Falls national parks.
Also in this issue, meet the famous George Atube, 60, one of the longest serving guides in UWA. Enjoy the reading!
Mzee George Atube (pictured below)is one of the longest serving interpretive guides in the Uganda Wildlife Estates. But his comedy and story telling skills make him stand out and have endeared him to many visitors that flock Murchison Falls National Park especially for the game drives in the northern banks.
The Busoga Tourism Initiative (BTI) organised a tour on 25.2.13 in Busoga region to discover her hidden treasures. The team was led by the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament,Hon.Rebecca Kadaga, Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities,Hon.Maria Mutagamba, Area members of Parliament, Officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Uganda Wildlife Authority which was represented by Mr. Stephen Masaba Stephen the Business Development Manager and Mr.Dick Katana a reservation officer.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has reshuffled her wardens in charge of Tourism across her protected areas.
In the new reshuffle which is a routine management strategy, Ms Agnes Nakidde has been moved from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Mt. Elgon National Park. Nakidde has been replaced by Mr. Godfrey Balyesiima formerly in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) who has also been replaced by Amuza Chemonges whose old station was Ntebeko in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Moses Turinawe formerly in Kyambura wildlife reserve will replace Chemonges in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park as the new tourism warden while Yoweri Musana of Lake Mburo National Park has gone to Rwenzori National Park swapping places with Christine Nakayenze .
Joshua Masereka remains in Murchison Falls National Park, Leslie Muhindo in Kidepo Valley National Park, Mr.Oundo in Semuliki National Park.
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