Giraffes Excite Communities at Lake Mburo National Park

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Sam Marinzi, a resident from Sanga, one of the nearby communities is optimistic that the park will attract more visitors, translating into more revenues, incomes and remittances to the communities.

Communities neighboring Lake Mburo National Park are hopeful that the arrival of giraffes at the park will boost tourism in the area.

Sam Marinzi, a resident from Sanga, one of the nearby communities is optimistic that the park will attract more visitors, translating into more revenues, incomes and remittances to the communities.

The excitement follows a successful trans location of giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park in Northern Uganda to Lake Mburo National Park in Western Uganda. Up to 15 giraffes have altogether been trans-located in an exercise that lasted more than two weeks. 

The first batch of eight giraffes arrived at the center on Wednesday July 1st attracting an influx of guests to witness the new additions. The second batch arrived yesterday, attracting a host of both local and foreign visitors to have a glimpse at the animals, which are still held in a temporary holding centre.

The Uganda giraffe, also known as Rothschild's giraffe, is one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only a few hundred members in the wild.  They estimated to be not more than 1600 in the world. About 700 of them are in captivity around the world and about 800 can be found in the wild with the biggest population in Uganda.

The need to increase their population and save them from extinction partly prompted the trans location. Marinzi hopes that the existence and the expected increase in numbers present benefits to the community.
 
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Christine Lynn Nakayenze, the Warden in charge of tourism at Lake Mburo National Park says often tourists are looking for unique products on site and the arrival of giraffes presents a breath of fresh air into the park.  She adds that Lake Mburo will now be marketed as a perfect destination for giraffe sights.
 
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Moses Matsiko, the Head Guide at the park anticipates an increase in the number of local and foreign tourists with the arrival of the giraffes. Lake Mburo National Park has been receiving about 2000 visitors every year.
 
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