The giraffe population in Lake Mburo National Park has witnessed a significant surge, increasing four-fold since 2015, according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The boost in numbers is attributed to the successful translocation of 15 Rothschild giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park to Lake Mburo, a conservation effort aimed at enhancing their breeding capacity.
Over the span of eight years, the 15 translocated giraffes have multiplied to a remarkable total of 65 in Lake Mburo National Park. UWA attributes this population growth to the park’s favorable habitat conditions and the effective protection of giraffes from poachers and diseases.
Mr. Bashir Hangi, the Head of Communication and Public Relations at UWA, emphasized the positive implications of the increasing giraffe population, signaling the success of conservation initiatives in safeguarding these majestic creatures.
Ms. Rebecca Asingwiire, a ranger guide at Lake Mburo, highlighted the popularity of giraffe sightings among tourists visiting the park. The unique topography of the area and the attractiveness of giraffes make them a favored attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.
Despite the conservation success, Lake Mburo National Park faces challenges, including a poor road network that limits accessibility. Efforts to enhance tourism products, such as introducing a hot air balloon experience, are considered to further attract visitors to the park.
Lake Mburo National Park, located in Kiruhura District in southern Uganda, spans 370 square kilometers and is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including zebras, hippopotamus, impalas, warthogs, elands, buffaloes, and 350 species of birds. The park features predators like leopards, hyenas, crocodiles, and genets.