We all know how important it is for us and out planet to live in harmony with wildlife and nature. At Kibale national Park, conservation efforts have proven to have a positive impact, rising awareness to all that live in and around the area of Fort Portal.
With more than 70 mammal species, Kibale National Park is the most rewarding destination for tourists looking to have a full adventure in Fort Portal Uganda.
So why are the conservation efforts necessary in Kibale National Park, especially with the surge of tourism in the region.
In Fort Portal Uganda, the main tourism and conservation area is the Kibale National Park. Apart from being a key tourist attraction, the park is a diverse botanical resource with over 300 tree species. This is a near 100 percent representation of all the tree species found in the entire nation of Uganda.
Natural Animal Habitat
The park is the natural habitat for nine animal species in the globally endangered list including elephants, leopards, chimpanzees and monkeys. If you’re a tourist looking for a natural home of the chimpanzee, then the Kibale National Park is just the place for you! Yet the treasures of this natural rain forest park do not end there; a mention of the red colobus monkey cannot end without Kibale featuring in the conversation. As one of the most important bird areas in Uganda, this park has at least 375 bird species.
The Kibale National Park consists of large landscape-level ecosystems and ecosystem mosaics of global, regional or national significance. It contains viable populations of the great naturally occurring species in natural patterns of distribution and abundance. It is a fact that the land under forest cover has been receding for the last 40 years. As such, at a national level, forests constitute a threatened and endangered ecosystem. In the 1970s Uganda, the total land under forest cover was 20 percent. Today, the forest cover stands at only 10 percent of the total national land mass.
Benefits to the Community
The park is also an important water catchment area. It does the great work of protecting and filtering water of the Dura and Mpanga rivers from pollution as they flow to Lake George. While the local community profits from this two rivers, it also enjoys numerous other benefits from the forest itself. Through the forest, the local communities get fundamental resources such as traditional foods, medicines, wild coffee, and firewood. Yet, more fundamentally, the local community enjoys the advantages that come with the forest’s work in climatic control and the protection of water catchments.
These may not be the only reasons, but they are a genuine cause to what matters to us as habitats of this large organism called planet earth.
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