Geofry Baluku the project coordinator at Save Uganda’s Wild life, singles out the disappearance of ivory worth Billions of shilling from Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in 2014 and last year when queen Elizabeth national park lost over 200 elephants, incidents he blames on a corrupt cover from within the authority.
The disappearance of Ivory, estimated to weigh more than 23 metric tons, a figure that represents 2,500 elephants was seized in the 13 largest seizures of illegal ivory in 2011, figures that suppress the economy, while the black market prospers. Such illegal gains, have tempted the people manning game parks.
The cost threatens to over-turn decades of conservation gains. Wildlife, is considered an important resource by surrounding communities, living around the game parks and game reserves, especially for survival, and medicine.Means to find alternative sources should be harnessed.
Uganda will on Sunday, join the rest of the world to commemorate Wildlife day through an anti poaching marathon .This year, the theme, Save Wildlife: Act now or game over,a message that is calling onto responsible partners to double efforts in conserving the Wild flora and fauna.
Wildlife is one of the top three leading contributors to the country’s GDP ,