Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has embarked on translocation exercise of about 15 Rothschild giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, a move that is aimed at re-introducing these unique wildlife species in this magical protected area. They included 10 females and 5 males with the first batch of five Rothschild giraffes successfully translocated.
The move is aimed at establishing a viable, free ranging Rothschild giraffe population in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve and also expand the range of the Rothschild giraffes so as to boost the tourism sector in Northeastern Uganda. This in a long run will increase revenue collection and ensure long term survival of these endangered species.
The translocation exercise of the Rothschild giraffes is in accordance with Uganda Wildlife Authority’s strategic objectives that include among others re-introduction of extinct species. Besides, wildlife translocation is recognized globally and serves best as a management tool in conservation.
In efforts to boost the tourism potential of Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, over 92 impalas were also translocated to this wildlife reserve last year.
Scientifically Rothschild giraffes are called Giraffa Camelopardalis and they can easily be spotted in the savanna grasslands and open woodlands of Uganda and Kenya. In Uganda, you can visit Murchison Falls National Park in Northwest and Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya. The other sites include Kidepo Valley National Park in the Northeast, Lake Mburo National Park in western Uganda. Giraffes are the tallest animals and the Rothschild are 5 to 6 meters tall and they weigh 1200kgs-for males and females weigh about 850kgs. Currently, there are fewer than 1600 Rothschild giraffes left on earth and 700 of them are in captivity then 800 are in the wild. Uganda inhabits the largest number of these unique wildlife species making it an ideal wildlife safari destination.
About Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is set suitably in northwest, 5-6 hours from Kampala. It expands up to 3840sq.kms making it the largest of all the national parks in Uganda the pearl of Africa. This park is popular for its scenic and iconic Murchison Falls which it derives its name from but what sets it a side from the rest of safari destinations is its distinctly diverse wildlife species that include more than 1250 Rothschild giraffes, buffaloes, leopards, lions, African bush elephants, over 451 bird species, hippos, crocodiles and primates such as chimpanzees, olive baboons, colobus monkeys.
Murchison Falls National Park is of no doubt a premier safari destination, offering exceptional adventure activities to its visitors. Most travelers on Uganda safaris do not miss game drives, bird watching, boat or launch trip, hike to the top of Murchison Falls, chimpanzee tracking, chimpanzee habituation experience, nature walk, air balloon tours.
Visitors on Uganda wildlife safari can start their journey to Murchison Falls National Park from Entebbe or Kampala via Luweero-Masindi which is about 5-6 hours’ drive in a good 4×4 drive safari vehicle. Alternatively, you can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield to nearby airstrip at Murchison Falls National Park-Pakuba, Bugungu and Chobe airstrip.
Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve lies within the vast Karamoja subregion of Northeastern Uganda. This wildlife reserve is the second largest protected area in Uganda after Murchison Falls National Park. It occupies an area of about 2788sq.kms and it is known for its distinct savanna wildlife species that include among others the plain zebras, spotted hyenas, greater Kudus, vervet monkeys, patas monkeys, olive baboons, roan antelopes, hartebeests, hedgehogs, dik-diks, aardvarks, leopard, cheetahs, common elands, black rhinos, Rothchild giraffes, elephants and many bird species including ostriches, the white headed buffalo weaver, Jackson’s Hartlaub’s bustard to mention but a few.
Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is approximately 90kms along the Mbale-Moroto route and about 11kms North of its Northern boundary.