Nine lions at the Queen Elizabeth National Park are believed to have been killed by poachers since last year. Tom Okello, the chief park warden at Queen Elizabeth National Park, says the missing lions were all tagged with identification gadgets, which could be traced electronically. He says that over the past few months, the identification tags have disappeared off the radio. Okello believes the lions were killed by poachers and the tags were destroyed. The Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions that draw hundreds of tourists every year. There are only two populations of lions in the world that climb trees and Uganda boasts one of them. The tree-climbing lions live in Ishasha which is in the south sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The second population of tree-climbing lions is found in the Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. Okello says that contrary to recent reports the poaching in the national park is not attributed to incursions of rebels of the Allied Democratic Force into Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He attributes it instead to the invasion of displaced Basongora livestock farmers into the Queen Elizabeth National park. According to Okello, many traders are entering the park to buy milk and meat from the farmers.
Updated: 21 Feb, 13:2113:21
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