Uganda

Science • Animals
Uganda: Wildlife poaching doubled as tourism income dwindles
Rafiki, a silverback gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in South Western Uganda was killed in a poaching incident recently
Rafiki, a silverback gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in South Western Uganda was killed in a poaching incident recently Credit: unsplash.com/Mike Arney

The Uganda Wildlife Authority recorded 367 wildlife poaching cases between February and June, twice as much as during the same period last year. This is due to many people who rely on income from tourism now have turned to poaching to make money or obtain food.

“They set snares for other animals that they want to eat. Like, the small antelope. Or a bushpig," Gladys Kalema Zikusoka, founder and chief of non-profit wildlife group Conservation Through Public Health, said. "They’ll go for those to eat them. And when they set these snares, gorillas can accidentally get caught in the snare. But worse still, we’ve had cases of people spearing gorillas. Yet they were not going for gorillas, they were going for diker and bush pig.”

Regional News • Africa
Prime Minister of Uganda goes into self-isolation
Ruhakana Rugunda during the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference
Ruhakana Rugunda during the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference Credit: World Trade Organization (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The prime minister of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has announced that he has gone into self-isolation after being in contact with people that tested positive for Covid-19. According to a tweet of his, he tested negative himself and self-isolation is a preventive and recommended measure.