Conservation in Murchison steps up with new ranger post

May 27, 2013

Uganda Conservation Foundation hand over new ranger post to Uganda Wildlife Authority (photo by Shah)Earlier this month, a new ranger post at Semanya in Murchison Falls National Park was handed over to the Uganda Wildlife Authority by the Uganda Conservation Foundation.

The Uganda Conservation Foundation raised funds and built the Semanya Ranger Post to help combat poaching in this ‘Nile delta’ area of the park. The ranger post includes facilities for up to 22 rangers, with two accommodation blocks to cater for both a permanent Semanya-based ranger team, and a troop of 16 rangers from an Elite Mobile Ranger Unit.

Patrick Shah of the UCF hands over a new ranger post to Tom Okello of the UWAThe official handover was made by Patrick Shah, Chairman of the Uganda Conservation Foundation (you may also recognize him as our CEO). Accompanied by several other directors, Patrick made the handover to Tom Okello, the Uganda Wildlife Authority Conservation Area Manager for Murchison Falls Conservation Area.

The Uganda Conservation Foundation received generous support to complete the construction of this vital ranger post from various sources – including grants from international conservation organizations and wildlife charities such as David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, the International Elephant Foundation, Seaworld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Tusk Trust. Donations, or contributions in kind, were also received from many Ugandan-based organizations including Nile Breweries, SSL, Sadolin Paints, Equator Catering, Sheraton Hotel and the Murchison Falls International Fishing Tournament.

Poachers apprehended in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (Photo by Shah)UCF plan to help the UWA by building further ranger posts in Murchison Falls National Park, in the areas that need them most. The park has seen a significant increase in commercial bush meat and ivory poaching over the last few years. Indeed, a group of poachers were apprehended on the very day of the official handover of Semanya Ranger Post, in possession of wire snares and spears.

Journeys Discovering Africa is a long-term supporter of UCF, and we donate $10 per person for every Uganda safari booked with us to their projects in the field. If you would like to make a donation yourself, please visit the UCF website.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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