Uganda today joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Wildlife Day. 3rd March is gazetted by the United Nations as the wildlife. The pearl of Africa marked the day in style with week long festivities. It was also by coincidence that hours before the day arrived. The gorilla population in Uganda, specifically Bwindi Impenetrable Park registered yet another milestone with a new gorilla birth. This comes as fruits of the current systems and conservation efforts by stakeholders. The new baby gorilla was born in the Nshongi Family. This is the second baby to be registered in 2017 and more are expected to come.
The wildlife day and the preceding week were used to market Uganda safari as the best place to see various forms of wildlife. The festivities started with a wildlife marathon. The marathon was flagged off from Uganda Museum. The fete attracted people from all walks of life; the young and old for the love of wildlife in the pearl of Africa. The marathon that was flagged off and led by Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi, Minister of state for tourism and Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs who inspired people to run for wildlife conservation.
In addition to that, the ministry of Tourism and the Uganda Travel Bureau organized a public lecture that emphasized the importance of wildlife and how Uganda can gain from tourism. It main aim was also to mainstream the youth to market safaris to Uganda which is inline with the worldwide theme for the day “Listen to young voices; Do one thing to protect the world’s wildlife”. This forum was also backed by the tertiary institutions wildlife quiz where the big guns faced off and showed their prowess.
And when the d-day came, a march around town, various excursions to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and a road being renamed. The Kira road in central Kampala was renamed to the Wildlife street to make the cherry on cake.
As we take stock of Uganda’s journey to save it wildlife, it been a tough road but victories have been recorded. More tourists today visit the Pearl of Africa, not only from world over but also the number of local tourists has grown. Poaching has hit a low and so has encroachment on gazetted areas. The government and local investment into the sector has been elevated to all time high. Though a lot is still needs to be done, there is no doubt of Uganda stand as the perfect destination for wildlife safaris in Africa.