Updated by Kafeero Twaha at 1319 EAT on Thursday 28th April 2022:
What you need to know. The Issue. Wildlife.
The essence of coexistence is what authorities can turn to in the face of shrinking spaces for both wildlife and human economic activity.
At least three Lionesses were on Tuesday found dead in the environs of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Authorities suspect the pride of wildlife on the continent was electrocuted by the perimeter electric fencing mounted by Irunga Hotel in kigabu village in katungulu Rubirizi District.
The incident lays bare the tragic scale of human-wildlife conflict for space around National Park and other protected areas, which could have been grave. But this must also be a big eye-opener and force a review of several policy decisions and other endangered species in the country. Yes Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) has already worked up the usual passing could in the form of promising to investigate the circumstances under which three Lionesses died near.
Even as UWA promised to carry out a post-mortem to ascertain the exact cause of death of the three queens of the jungle, most Ugandans would have already noticed that this is not the fast time human-wildlife conflict is robbing the economy of a valuable foreign exchange earner.
In March 2021 six lions were found dead at the Ishasha sector of the same National Park it is suspected poisoning UWA said at the time that the carcasses were found with most of their parts missing. Eight dead vultures were also found at the scene which pointed to possible poisoning.
Added to the Tuesday tragedy brings the total number of lions lost at Queen Elizabeth National Park to eight in slightly over a year. Ironically, a hotel that relies on tourism would be the death of wildlife one of the biggest attractions for the tourists to into Queen Elizabeth National Park. As UWA runs about with post-mortem there is an urgent need for stakeholders to revisit the policies that guide the framework activities are allowed in and around protected areas.