Steven Asuma, International Gorilla Conservation Programme’s (IGCP) country representative in Uganda reports that community leaders and government agencies are participating actively in the ongoing investigation. “Everyone is very concerned about this incident, which is a testimony to the value that local communities and government alike place on these animals.” It is reported that 3 men have been arrested.
This incident happened in the Bujengwe area. IGCP reports that meetings between Uganda Wildlife Authority and local leaders, community members and district officials have been happening with the objective of stepping up vigilance towards poaching and other illegal activities. Mr Asuma also reports that “while there are several programmes to share revenue from mountain gorilla tourism with communities around protected areas, we still have poaching for small antelope happening in the park. The community near where this happened has not yet been specifically targeted for tourism development and the sensitization and direct benefits that comes with it.”
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