The tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector are a great source and pull of tourists in Queen Elizabeth national park. The killing of the six lions in the Ishasha sector has been a deep stab in tourism industry.

Earlier this month, a public notice was released by the Uganda wildlife authority. This news release was informing of a sudden kill of six lions, in the Ishasha sector, allegedly by poisoning.

The killing of the six tree climbing lions in the sector of Queen Elizabeth national park has devastated the conservation efforts of wildlife in Uganda. The Carcasses of lions that were found dead in the sector were examined and it was found that, the lions were poisoned. And some of their body parts were removed.

Eights dead vultures were found next to the carcasses of the lions. The death of the four lions led to the further investigations that led to arrest of four suspects.

Miliango Davi 68 years, Aliyo Robert 40 years, Tumuhire Vincent 49 years and Ampurira Brain 26 years are the four suspects that were arrested. These were arrested  by the Uganda wildlife authority with the help of the Uganda peoples’ defense police of Kanungu district kihihi sub country and Rusoroza parish kyenyabutongo village.

These people were arrested on 23th march 2021, following the investigations concerning the killing of six lions in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park.

The suspects led the police to the terrace of the lions carcasses missing parts. The location of three heads of the lions was found under a tree, with one leg buried under the tree. ‘One lion leg was dropped off in the park’ as the suspects explained the location of the missing parts.

In the home of one of the suspects; Tumuhire Vincent, more evidence was found, with one panga, one hunting net and two spears in his banana plantations. Two jerry cans of lion fat oil and three bottles containing a chemical called furadan were found. It is suspected that the arrested suspects used these materials to  kill the lions.

With the arrest of these people, more investigations are still done to tract down all the lion killers and the arrested will faced the law as required for the justice of the lions.

The conservation and protection of  wildlife in the protected areas is an essential  element in the conservation of Wildlife in Uganda. The Uganda wildlife authority with other stalk holders in the tourism of Uganda,  have put more emphasis on the importance of wildlife conservation.  All concerned bodies in the tourism sector,  have continued to condemn the destruction of protected areas and killing of the wildlife.

The fruits of wildlife conservation have not only benefited the government, through increased revenue  from foreign exchange earnings, but wildlife has benefited the local communities surrounded by the protected areas.

Queen Elizabeth national park is among the top national parks in Uganda that have been a great benefit to the government and the local communities surrounding it.

According to the news release of the Uganda wildlife authority, they indicated that the park has been the great source of revenue to Uganda, contributing 10% of the country’s GDP, 23% from the foreign exports earnings and 1.6 billion contributions to the economy from natural tourism.

Despite the loss of these lions, there are still more lions to be explored in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park.

The Ishasha sector is among the two sectors of Queen Elizabeth national park. With the Ishasha sector in the south western side of the park and Mweya peninsular in the northern side. The Ishasha sector is famously known for hosting the tree climbing lions in its wilderness.

The tree climbing lions are attracted to this area due to the presence of their favorite prey, which are the kobs and the lions feast on antelopes that are found in the sector.  The Ishasha sector is dominated by acacia trees, fig trees, candelabra trees which the lions find comfort , resting in.

The lions in the Ishasha sector are special with the fact that, they climb trees. These climb lions, to cool off from the heat on the ground; they rest from the tree branches to dodge the bites from the tsetse flies. With a need to feed, the lions climb trees so as to clearly view and make target for their pray (kobs).

The tree climbing lions are unique to wildlife and can only be found in the lake Manyara of Tanzania and Ishasha of Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth national park is a wildlife hub found in the western Uganda. With the tree climbing lions as a highlight for a visit to the park, other wildlife species such as Elephants, Antelopes, warthogs, buffalos and many more, can be sighted on a Uganda safari.

The conservation and preservation efforts continue to take lead in the promotions of all stalk holders in the tourism industry, this gives hope to sustainable tourism in Uganda. Uganda is still open for wildlife viewing in all the protected areas of the country.

Author: Love Uganda Safaris
Web Architect at Love Uganda Safaris

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