The reduction of illegal wildlife trade, trafficking, and corruption is a strategic challenge for all wildlife conservationists worldwide. At NCRN we work with national and international organisations to help end the rampant ravage on the wildlife population in Uganda with a view towards boosting local wildlife populations.
Tackling the conflict between humans and wildlife is at the heart of what we do. With an increasing population threatening natural habitats it is imperative that the right action is being taken. Our research and humanitarian teamwork with communities to help provide training on win-win solutions to allow communities to flourish while also protecting wildlife and their ever-decreasing natural habitat.
As part of our conservation work, we partner with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help in their task of managing Uganda’s 10 national parks, 12 wildlife reserves, 13 wildlife sanctuaries and five community wildlife management areas.
We work with local stakeholders in these areas and actively train, mentor, and engage with communities to help protect our delicate and diverse natural environment for current and future generations. Look at our success stories below to get an idea of the impact that our work is having.
Uganda Cheerfully Welcome
A Pair of tigers
Ugandans can now boast about an additional member in the wild, a pair of Tigers. The big cats arrived in the country on 7th March 2020 and have been transferred to their specialized exhibit ready for the public to visit. James Musinguzi, the executive director of UWEC said the animals, a male and a female, were from a South African partner zoo. This specialized exhibit has been made suitable to mimic their habitat.
Now that the tigers are in Uganda, we intend to share our enthusiasm for tigers and sensitize the people about how important it is to have them in a bid to ensure the safety of the cats and allow them to increase their population naturally.
Uganda and NRCN can learn from the likes of India and Nepal which have seen big increases. To guarantee tiger conservation NRCN will continue working with UWA, Uganda Police and Judiciary to ensure that our excitement about the cats is not short lived. This is only possible with a joint effort from both the people and government and ultimately the engagement and support of local communities who are actually living in the areas where the tigers live.
Currently the tigers are at Entebbe Zoo.
NRCN Advocates for Pangolin Rights
If Ugandan Pangolins are not the luckiest in the world, then the word lucky does not exist. The mammals which do not understand human language are privileged to have human representation in the courts of law. Natural Resource Conservation Network stands firm in the fight against wildlife crime.
NRCN has saved about 50 live pangolins from the hands of traders who intended to smuggle them out of the country but as luck may have it, NRCN intercepts the trade, rescues the mammals which are handed back to Uganda Wildlife authority who then release them safely back into their natural wild habitat.
The downside of rescuing live pangolins is that they are found distressed due to being rolled and tied up in mosquito nets whereby they can end up dying on their way to the wild.
Pangolin scales are in high demand due to their alleged medicinal purpose. Therefore, Pangolins are by far one of the most endangered species in Uganda with a major market base in Asian countries.