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The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has responded to Uganda being ranked as one of the top travel destinations in the world by Lonely Planet by introducing new initiatives to improve conservation including building fences around the Game Parks.
The UWA is a statutory body in the Ugandan Government that was established by the Uganda Wildlife Act in 2000 and since then it has worked hard to ensure the many endangered species that live within Uganda's borders are properly protected.
This resolution sets out a plan to fence off protected areas in and around the national parks to preserve the populations of wild animals. This is no small task, hundreds of miles of fencing needs to be erected in order to complete the challenging operation. It is thought that the fence will help maintain the animals in a safer space where they can be protected from human encroachment and poaching. Volcanoes recently began its own fencing initiative around Kyambura Gorge Lodge using bees to deter elephants and other wildlife from disrupting crops and other habitats.
The UWA's mission statement is 'To conserve and sustainably manage the wildilfe and the protected areas of Uganda in partnership with neighbouring communities and other stakeholders, for the benefit of the people of Uganda and the global community.' This initiative is seen as the latest in a long line of successful projects fulfilling this mission.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.