Armed Poachers Threaten Queen Elizabeth Park Elephants

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The Conservation Area Manager Queen Elizabeth National Park Nelson Guma has decried the increased number of armed ivory dealers in the national park.

The Conservation Area Manager Queen Elizabeth National Park Nelson Guma has decried the increased number of armed ivory dealers in the national park.  

Guma made the statement on Thursday. He made the comments during an end of year party at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Queen Elizabeth conservation premises in Lubirizi district.
 
Guma said the increased activity of armed ivory poachers is a threat to the elephants' survival. Guma says that there are just over 3000 elephants left in the park.

Guma said UWA had declared war on poachers who come to shoot elephants in the park.

Guma noted that apart from poachers, the park is under threat from encroachers. He said that the 30, 000 people who live around the park often enter its territory in search of firewood and sometimes hunt animals for meat.
 
Inspite of the year's challenges, Guma said the park had registered some successes. The park was recognised, for example, as the best in customer care, hospitality and survey utilization from the web based Visitor Certification Survey. The park was voted the best destination for family inspiration by the lonely planet website.
 
Lubirizi Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Lubirizi district, Joseph Kule Muranga, said he was perturbed to hear that six elephants had been killed. He urged UWA to work more closely with security forces to eliminate the threat of armed poachers. 
 
Kule hailed UWA and the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) for working hard to rid national parks of poachers.