Last month, herdsmen killed the Crested Crane in Moruita Sub County in Nakapiripirit district. The Crane was believed to be from Matheniko- Bokora Corridor that stretches from Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Nabilatuk, Amudat and parts of Teso.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and several districts in
Karamoja have started massive sensitization of the community against illegal
poaching of wildlife. This follows the killing of a Crested Crane last month.
Last month, herdsmen killed the Crested Crane in Moruita Sub County in
The Crane was believed to be from Matheniko- Bokora Corridor that
stretches from Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Nabilatuk, Amudat and parts of
Poaching has been on the increase in recent months and there are fears that the
community will continue killing wildlife for meat if the law enforcement is
seen to be weak.
Currently, UWA and Nakapiripirit district leadership are educating
the people on the value of wildlife and legal consequences if caught on the wrong
side of the law.
According to Gilbrado Edyau Ecodu, a Senior Warden in charge Matheniko - Bokora
Wildlife Reserve they have designed short communication messages in the local
language which have been placed at various public places to discourage poaching.
He said they have also held meetings with the local leaders and encouraged them
to include wildlife protection messages in their engagements with the local
community to promote wildlife-human coexistence.
“We have since engaged the local leaders through the district
chairperson to do community sensitization. We came to a consensus that the
community is largely ignorant about the benefits of wildlife, and so we agreed
to step up sensitization. We have messages in the local language and the
leaders speak about wildlife protection in different engagements,” said
The Resident District Commissioner Nakapiripirirt Bob William Labeja says the
messages target all communities living along the Matheniko Bokora Corridor
adding that he has also notified his counterparts in other districts to sensitize
the community on wildlife.
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to Ecodu, poaching remains the main challenge at the wildlife corridors of
Kidepo National Game Park as well as the Matheniko – Bokora Wildlife corridor.
Poachers target several wildlife species including pangolins, elephants, among