MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – Uganda Wildlife Authority has successfully concluded giraffe translocation in Murchison Falls National Park.
During this translocation, 19 giraffes (13 females, 6 males) were released.
Two female giraffes were also moved to (Uganda Wildlife Education Center) UWEC, Entebbe for conservation education purposes.
The exercise was the second phase of giraffe translocation to southern bank of River Nile, carried out by Uganda Wildlife Authority with funding from Giraffe Conservation Foundation, USA. The first phase captured and released 17 giraffes successfully.
The overall aim of the translocation project is to establish a viable population of free-ranging Rothschild (Nubian) giraffe in the southern bank of River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park.
Uganda Wildlife Authority is leading the exercise with support from Giraffe Conservation Foundation headed by Dr. Julian, Uganda Wildlife Education Center (Entebbe Zoo) and Makerere University Veterinary School.
The translocation will also seem giraffes from Northern Bank of Murchison Falls National Park moved to Pian-upe Wildlife Reserve in Eastern Uganda.
During capture, there was high consideration to animal welfare requirements and selection of individual giraffes was appraised by two or three veterinary professionals.