Kidepo Valley National Parks’ Oldest Elephant Bull Bull Survives on Mostly Local Brew
Kidepo Valley National Park is an isolated rich National Park situated in the wilderness areas in the remote north eastern Uganda in Kaabong district.
It was gazetted in 1962 to protect resident and migratory Wildlife in this area.
It is characterized of spectacular beauty with the Narus Valley, a vast plain, nourished by the Narus River that habits several herds of Elephants in this park.
Kidepo is home of Elephants, Bushbucks, Zebras. Giraffes, Lions, waterbucks, crocodiles, Oribi, Buffaloes, baboons, Hyena and several migratory birds.
Elephants are one of the largest animals on earth but it is the most iconic animal in the world. They are characterized by soft eyes, gentle nature charms people who have chance to be around them.
An Elephant has a long trunk that it uses for breathing, lifting water as well as grasping objects.
The Elephants incisor teeth grow into tusks which serve as weapons or tools for moving objects and digging as well. Elephants are exceptionally aggressive and engage in destructive actions against humans if disturbed.
Facts About Bull Bull of Kidepo National Park
Bull Bull is a gentle and friendly 74-year-old mammal in Kidepo National Park Uganda.
It is Kidepos’ oldest elephant and weighs about six tones. Bull Bull has a very poor sight but has got a very good sense of smell and hearing which enables him detect something from so many kilometers.
Elephants are herbivorous animals in nature however Kidepo Valley National Park has some rare elephant species like Bull Bull that survive on local brew, commonly known as “Kwete”.
once it takes this type of alcohol it gets high, very sensitive and destroys a lot of property. Bull Bull supplements its diet with bananas, maize flour, pineapples, porridge or even local brew in any one’s home.
Once this elephant smells them, it does everything possible to get the drink including breaking down the house. This is why the locals have decided to stop keeping any food in their houses.
Because Kwete is provided by the local people, Bull Bull now does not join other elephants in the jungle to look for grass, flowers, shrubs, tree leaves, and wild fruits but stays with the locals, interacts with them occasionally and moves through their houses freely to get food and the local brew.
When the weather turns dry and grass dies back, Bull Bull joins others to eat almost any kind of vegetation they can find to the level of knocking down trees to eat their foliage.
Elephants even turn to bark and the woody parts of plants to eat them because they need as much as 660 pounds of food in a single day with a high percentage of water.
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