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.
At Sebitole Research centre, the board members held a meeting with the researchers who have shown interest in constructing a research camp under the project for Conservation of Great Apes which they are implementing. Once approved, the camp will have an information centre, a laboratory, and a library to help improve the quality of research. The French government supported project is in the process of habituating about 75 chimps.
The members also visited Toro-Semuliki Wildlife reserve where they toured Semliki airstrip which has been constructed to international standards with assistance of CNOC, an oil prospecting company. In Ntoroko, at the shores of Lake Albert, the members visited the construction site where UWA is putting up four bandas and a canteen for budget tourists and Asyanut Safaris has embarked on construction of a high-class tented camp under a concession with UWA. The BoT wound up their tour with the visit to the Sempaya female and hot springs.
The Executive Director and boad secretary,Dr. Andrew Seguya,the Director Tourism Development and Business Services(DTBS)Mr. Raymond Engena and he Chief Conservation Area Manager(CCAM) Mr. Charles Tumwesigye acompanied the board for the tour.