Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers – What Tourists do not Know

Posted by on May 22, 2016

UWA Rangers risk their lives Conserving Uganda’s Parks for Generations to come

Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers – What Tourists do not Know – the many duties of rangers conserving Uganda’s Wildlife – Primates – Birds – Parks for Generations to Come.

Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers – What Tourists do not Know.  Most Tourists and Visitors to Uganda’s Parks meet Rangers as they lead them on Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Treks, Volcano Climbs, Hikes and Nature Walks, Birding, Boat Safaris.  There is a whole other side to being a UWA Ranger, a side that Visitors do now see and most often do now know about, all steps toward conserving the Wild of Uganda for Generations to come.

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UWA Rangers – Add Common Sense to your Treks, Climbs, Hikes:

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, trekker.

Things such as warning you if danger is ahead 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 monitoring the Gorillas:

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 in Bwindi also look for human presence such as poachers, traps and encroachment into the protected area.

There are many more UWA ranges involved in Gorilla Trekking, more than the ones that guide you into the forest.

 UWA Ranger – Snare Removal:

Snares placed by professional poachers and those after bush-meat are an ongoing problem in Uganda’s Parks and Wildlife Reserves.  Though in areas such as Murchison Falls Park less snares are now removed by UWA snare patrols.

The snares are crudely made, cause a lot of pain and suffering to an entrapped animal resulting in

In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the target of snares may not be gorillas, but antelopes, etc.  However Gorillas have also been caught up in the snares with disastrous results.

 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 seeming 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.

 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 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, turtles, monitor lizards, the list is endless and the battle continues.

 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 are doing well and another proof that conservation works, even the harvesting the eggs from Ostriches enhancing chances of birth.

Conservation work done by ranger 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.

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 – What Tourists do not Know – I want to be a Ranger.

Ask a boy a girl ‘What they want to be?” Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, Engineer – Ask a Boy or Girl around one of the Park what they want to be when they grow up?  The Answer may surprise you – he or she wants to be a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger, an honorable job in Uganda – Rangers by most in Ugandan Society are deeply respected with the exception of a few bad apples whose motivation became self and not the honored motto “Conserving for Future Generations.”