UWA Rangers – The Keepers of Uganda’s National Parks
Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers means safe and secure National Park Visits
Wildlife Authority Rangers -Keeping the Parks Safe and Secure for Visitors. The Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers are dedicated men and women committed to UWA’s Motto Conserving for Future Generation. Rangers wear many hats, they play the role of Conservationist, Protector of Parks and Visitors, Police Officers, Enforcers, Soldiers, Game Wardens, Educators to the local community as to how to live in harmony with wildlife and teaching Visitors about the natural Wonders they encounter Visiting the Parks.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers, like the police, protect and serve, the protect wildlife conserving it and the parks for future Generations and they protect visitors to the parks that are entering unfamiliar Territory to them and need someone who is capable of guiding and protecting them while Visiting the Parks.
At times Rangers have even given the ultimate sacrifice, their very lives in battles with poachers. Most do not become Rangers because of Financial Gains but because they are principled men and women dedicated to preserving the natural wonders found in Uganda.
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UWA Rangers – Add Security-Knowledge-Wilderness Wisdom to your Treks, Climbs, Hikes, Nature Walks:
You are in unfamiliar territory when you trekking Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys in Uganda. You do not see what a Ranger sees while hiking or on a Nature Walk. You need guidance climbing Volcanoes or the Mountains of the Moon. The Rangers bring years of experience and bring a lot of common sense to your safari experience in Uganda or Rwanda.
The absence of knowledge and common African wild sense of a UWA ranger could bring major problems for the lone hiker, climber, trekkers.
Things such as warning you if danger is ahead of such as a snake, near a crocodile, hippo, common sense with UWA Ranger view and mission which is to show you what you might miss, keep you safe and secure and create a great experience for you.
UWA Rangers -Gorilla Tracking:
Your visit to the Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable has a lot of behind the scenes actors in the form of UWA rangers behind it. There are the Pre-Trackers who head out looking for the Gorilla Group you are going to visit.
They also monitor the health and well-being of the gorilla families. If any medical care is needed they forward the information to the Gorilla Doctors.T
UWA Rangers are the ones who lead visitors to the Gorilla Family that they are tracking. Everything is done to make that safe and secure experience.
Ranger Tracker guides you to Gorilla, Golden Monkeys, and the chimpanzees.
It always comes down to Safety and Security including Gorilla Trekking.
UWA – Ranger – Marine Anti-Poaching Patrols:
The scene is late afternoon on Lake Albert bordering Murchison Falls National Park, the scene is peaceful, fishing boats not too far from shore seemingly fishing for Tilapia and Nile Perch.
For many of those seemingly innocent fishermen, it is a cover, as the night sets, their real purpose becomes clear as they come to shore, unload their weapons, snares, etc.
The Marine Anti-Poaching Patrols monitor the so-called fishing boats and take action such as arrests upon finding weapons, snares and more. The Anti-Poaching Boat Patrols have been quite Successful in stopping poachers approaching from the Lake.
This is also the case in Queen Elizabeth along Lake Edward that borders the DR Congo.
UWA Rangers as Drone Operators:
Drones have become part of Monitoring Poachers in Parks. Poachers can be spotted by Drones from above a lot sooner than it would take a foot-patrol to find them. The Drones can also be used to spot Poachers as they exit the park and where they are staying. Drones have become a vital part of UWA’s anti-poaching efforts.
The drones are also used to keep the parks safe from thieves and bandits who may do harm to Tourists and other visitors to the parks. Wildlife Game Tracks can be monitored from above making sure that the visitors to the park below are safe and sound.
The drones are operated by well-trained park rangers that trained in their use. Drones have become an integral part in keeping both wildlife and visitors Safe and Sound. and once again it is the Ranger that makes it a reality.
Uganda Anti-Poaching Patrols and Investigations:
Uganda Wildlife Authority are continuously in the news about the apprehension of poachers – poaching has been reduced greatly in Uganda with many species such as elephants, giraffes, chimpanzees, gorillas growing in numbers.
Anti-Poaching also involves trafficking of contraband wildlife such as ivory and when it comes to that Uganda is often used by traffickers to ship ivory, rhino horns and other wildlife from places such as the Democratic Republic of Congo to nearby Uganda border points and then to Entebbe or further on to Kenya.
Poaching Patrols deal with both those killing wildlife for bush-meat, but also those who look at the value of a Hippo skin, ivory, pangolin scales, brown parrots, pangolin, turtles, monitor lizards, the list is endless and the battle continues.
Stricter anti-poaching laws now exist in Uganda.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers and local Community Relationships:
Uganda like the rest of Africa is expanding, Uganda is a small country and its population needs land. Communities and Wildlife Conflicts are common, squatters and land-grabbers are making their presence known. UWA Rangers face many odds including government officials instead of conserving for future generations.
There is progress how local communities can deal with wildlife and parks they range from Beehive Fences for elephants to revenue sharing, from educating local communities how the parks do and can benefit communities, another hat that UWA Rangers often wear, that of a negotiator.
There is also the capture of Crocodiles, Snakes, and other reptiles and animals and transferring them to a park or wildlife reserve.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers – Conservation
Conserving for future Generation is the Motto of UWA and it is the rangers for a large part who make that happen.
The transfers of Rothschild (Uganda-Baringo) Giraffes from the north-side of Murchison Falls Park to Lake Mburo and the south-side of Murchison Falls Park is just one example.
The rare Roan Antelopes in Kidepo Valley Park is doing well and another proof that conservation works, even the harvesting the eggs from Ostriches enhancing chances of birth.
Conservation work done by rangers is a daily routine and includes dealing with Tourists whose entrance, permit fees pay much of the conservation cost, something that is often not realized.
UWA Rangers – Paying the Ultimate Price:
The life of a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger is not easy and some pay the ultimate price for their service.
They are killed by Poachers, fall in traps set by poachers, shot by land-grabbers and squatters, attacked by animals of which buffaloes are the most dangerous, bitten by poisonous snakes and fall off cliffs and other perilous places.
Uganda celebrates Heroes Day on June 9th each year, honoring those who have made a difference in the lives of Ugandans.
An appropriate memorial widows and orphans fund would be appropriate. At this time there is the annual UWA Marathon that assists orphans with schooling.
We in the tourism industry honor the men and women who daily put their lives on the line in their quest to conserve the Wild of Uganda for Future Generations – Some of them paying the Ultimate Price – strengthening the resolve of others to pick up their mantle and carry on their work.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers – it is all about your safety”
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris does Safaris in Uganda and we are grateful to the dedicated Rangers who have done their part to make our Safaris safe, secure and enjoyable for our clients.
We know the vital part that they play in protecting both parks and visitors.
There are many more things that rangers do than least about but this gives you an idea as to what is involved.
UWA Ranger primary role is conservation, however, the one of Protection of Visitors is equally taken to heart.