The lions are notable Uganda Safari products which are among the highly sought after species by the travelers visiting Uganda. In Mid this year, the lions of Kidepo got struck by a strange disease that affected their general health and aroused concern among the conservationists and the travelers on safaris in Uganda
The efforts to neutralize the occurrence were undertaken and the lions
got sprayed in the month of August and it is impressive to hear that the
health of these species is steadily improving though the Laboratory
tests are not yet released.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority the public
body responsible for the wildlife protection and management within and
outside protected areas acknowledges the improvement in the lion’s
health following their spray in August. The lions are noted to have
reduced in weight, appeared emaciated as well as weak.
The cause of
this strange situation among the lions is still speculation with some
attributing it to decrease in the number of prey thus facing starvation
or being attacked by a strange starvation. The right occurrence will be
ascertained when results from the samples from the lions that were taken
for analysis are released. This definitely restores hope among the
nature lovers and the tourism developers as Kidepo is among the
remarkable destinations that have been pulling a range of world
travelers to plan safaris to Uganda.
The Medical team has since been undertaking the close monitoring on
ground and is satisfied with the trend that the health of the lions is
taking. The Park also features four cubs whose mother died after their
birth but now fortunately surviving after being fed on special diet.
The samples were taken abroad and the process could not be in anyway
easier because of the export and import restrictions set on wildlife by
the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species. As further
remedy, Kidepo features big mammals which are a challenging prey to the
lions. As a result, Uganda Wildlife Authority intends to trans-locate
over 100 antelopes from Murchison Falls National Park another Uganda
safari tour destination to Kidepo so as to neutralize the issue of
Kidepo Valley National Park features a count of 132
lions standing among the parks in Uganda with great counts of lions and
interestingly with a steady increase in the lion population compared to
other destinations. Be part of the lions’ heath regeneration by
exploring Kidepo Valley National Park while on safari in Uganda.