UWA to relocate 200 Kobs to Kidepo national park

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More than 200 Kobs are to be relocated from Murchison Falls National Park to Kidepo Valley National Park, a distance of about 360 kilometres to boost tourism in the northeast apex area of Uganda bordering South Sudan and Kenya.

Murchison Falls is the largest park in Uganda, famous for buffalos, ostriches and lions.

According to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) ranger guide, Mr Andrew Opeto, the relocation is to increase on the number of species of animals to attract more tourists to the park.

“The plan is to relocate 200 to 500 Kobs to the park that were almost depleted during the rebellion war of Lord’s Resistance Army. Now, we only have about five Kobs in this park (Kidepo) while Murchison Fall has about 50,000,” he said.

Speaking to Daily Monitor during Tulambule campaign aimed at promoting local tourism in Kidepo National Park last week, Mr Opeto said he would recommend the number for relocation to be increased to 1,000 animals.

When contacted, UWA spokesperson Simplicious Gessa, confirmed the developments but was non-committal on the time line.
“The plan is there but I need to look at our strategic plan as well as considering other factors like availability of funds,” he said.

According to Kidepo Valley tourism officer Stephen Nyadiri, last financial year, Kidepo received 5,924 guests as compared to this year’s 6,806 guests.

Last year, UWA transferred 15 giraffes from Murchison to Lake Mburo National Park with a similar aim of boosting tourism in the country.

Last year, UWA handed over Shs143m, which was 20 per cent of the park entry revenue that had accumulated over the last three years to the communities adjacent to the park.

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