Albertine Rift
 

WCS Albertine Rift News

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A documentary about the plight of lions in Uganda has been shown at least three times on the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, Uganda's most widely accessible television network. This film shows the current status of lions in Uganda and that their decline by about 30% over the past 10 years is primarily driven by conflicts with pastoralists who are losing livestock to these animals. Lions are very important for Uganda's recovering tourism industry and are the most sought after species by tourists after mountain gorillas. Uganda prides itself on its tree climbing lions which can regularly be seen sleeping in large fig trees in the Queen Elizabeth National Park but their numbers are down to between 20-30 individuals. It is clear that there is a need to reduce the conflicts with the pastoralists to re-build lion populations in Uganda and this film highlights some of the work WCS is doing or hopes to do with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to reverse the declining numbers of lions in the country.
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