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Fifth Gorilla Birth in Bwindi/Uganda in just 6 weeks

Fifth Gorilla Birth in Bwindi/Uganda in just 6 weeks

FEATURED, NEWS, Rwanda, Tourism
This has increased the family membership to 18 taking the tally of new births to 5 in just six weeks. The Uganda Wildlife Authority [UWA] confirmed on Monday that The Rushegura gorilla family, welcomed yet another baby gorilla to mother Ruterana.  This has increased the family membership to 18 taking the tally of new births to 5 in just six weeks. The birth marks Ruterana’s third offspring. 18-year-old Ruterana was born on 1 January 2002. As she approached 12 years old, Ruterana gave birth to her first offspring on 13 September 2012 but sadly the first offspring succumbed to Pneumonia while only a fortnight old.  However, this did not retard Ruterana’s unstoppable resolve to procreation and on 10 May 2016, she gave birth to her second offspring, a vibrant juvenile fe
Uganda May Lose Up to $2 Billion Tourism Revenue Due to COVID-19.

Uganda May Lose Up to $2 Billion Tourism Revenue Due to COVID-19.

FEATURED, NEWS, Tourism
Uganda could miss out on as much as $2 billion in tourism revenue this year due to travel restrictions implemented after the coronavirus outbreak, according to Tourism The East African nation, a popular gorilla-trekking and safari destination, recorded 1.3 arrivals in the year through June 2019, earning it $1.6 billion. Before the onset of Covid-19 the government had forecast this year’s number at 1.5 million, Kiwanda said by phone Thursday. Most visitors to the country are from the U.S. and Europe, along with Japan, China and India. The country plans to reopen Entebbe International Airport about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the capital, Kampala, later this month as lockdown measures are eased, Kiwanda said. Uganda is in talks with lenders including the World Bank to
Endangered Uganda’s Gorillas Impacted by Covid.

Endangered Uganda’s Gorillas Impacted by Covid.

Business, FEATURED, NEWS, Tourism, TRAVEL
A Ugandan silverback gorilla called Rafiki is one of countless animals that has fallen victim to poachers as the effects of coronavirus hit the east African country. At the start of June this year wildlife rangers noticed that Rafiki had disappeared. After a search they found his body. Rafiki had been killed by a poacher who claimed the animal charged at him and the killing was an act of self-defence. The poacher was sentenced to 11 years in jail. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a veterinarian and CEO of the NGO, Conservation Through Public Health, is Uganda's leading expert on gorillas. She knows every ape at the reserve. She believes Rafiki did not attack. "We think that when this poacher came and found Rafiki, he may have got scared, because he's never been that close to a g...