Lions In Lake Mburo National Park Uganda

Lake Mburo in the past was famous for inhabiting big predators like lions and leopards and also man eaters that loved to feed on large population of prey.

Lions In Lake Mburo National Park

To hear that Lake Mburo National Park of Uganda inhabits lions is an amazing news to the parks society and tourism society because all along the park was known as the best place for walking safaris because it was free from lions and leopards. However, due to the rapid growth of forested gorges and grasslands in the savannah, Lake Mburo proved that it really lacked lions and elephants, and remember that lions are under a cats family that are known to be powerful and large plus hunting in groups and they are said to be living in South Asia and some parts of Africa. Lions are known to have yellowish brown fur and the male have got mane which is the long thick air that is found around its neck. Lions are extinct animals that have been in Lake Mburo but currently they are returning slowly.

Lake Mburo in the past was famous for inhabiting big predators like lions and leopards and also man eaters that loved to feed on large population of prey.

The region has great landscapes and open plains like the acacia grassland that attracted more herders and cattle ranchers. In 1933 it was open and free land and later it was upgraded to a national park and this was caused by the resistance between people and lions. Recently, lions were spotted in Lake Mburo National Park and remember they were eliminated from the park 20 years ago.

Today lions are rapidly returning to the park and almost half dozen of lion species are spotted and the recent reports have recorded this. In 2015, in Isingiro district in a place known as Ngarama, there was reported a lion escape and the lion was recorded to have injured three people before being fire bulleted. Again after 20 years 3 immigrate lions were seen and they are said to have originated from virgin lands that is also nicknamed as whispers of the wild in Lake Mburo national Park.

Lions are said to have been eliminated in 1933 by cattle owners and hunters who used the land. These people used poison and other tricky methods to kill the lions due to fact that these lions used to eat their livestock. Hyenas and leopards were also reduced in number however for them they were not eliminated.

According to the operations carried out by Mark .R. Stanley the African wildlife foundation’s director of Africa operations, he says lions are vulnerable to extinction because they are easy to poison or shoot and lions are the king of the jungle thus a name that profiles them as the great carnivores.  Remember lions can take a large livestock and this makes them to be targeted for retaliation rather than other fellow predators.

The recent lions seen in Lake Mburo are said to be fugitives from Akagera national park that is 65 miles far away from Rwanda’s city. The city is growing rapidly and because of this, wildlife is being hunted and killed in Akagera. During the civil conflict of Rwanda in 1990s, many soldiers and pastoralists entered Lake Mburo and this put to danger the lives of wildlife plus people too. Lions in Akagera had to run away to look for the safest place to stay in and once they reached Lake Mburo, they decided to stop being on the run and decided to settle.

When Lake Mburo was designated as a national park in 1983, a lot of changes happened to the park starting from people being stopped from hunting in the park. The 250 square mile was reduced to 100 square miles and this increased the prey population that has made it favorable for lions to inhabit in the park. The park has lakes and wonderful landscape that surround it and this has provided wildlife of lions with conducive environment to live in.

Lions that are located in Lake Mburo are said to be quiet and shy. Lions have existed in Lake Mburo Park for a while but it has taken long to know whether they existed before retaining the lions from Akagera. They are always seen lying in the lowlands of Lake Mburo and hence they are protected from danger by conservation and not allowing any one to hunt them or kill them. Wildlife conservation is a duty for all of us.

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