Museveni asks communities, partners to conserve wildlife

President Museveni has asked Ugandans and conservation partners to continue supporting government efforts to conserve wildlife heritage for sustainable development of the country.
Uganda on Tuesday joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Wildlife Day aimed at raising awareness about the world’s fauna and flora.

The national celebrations at Saza Ground in Kisoro District were held under the theme “sustaining all wildlife in Uganda for benefit of the present and future generation.’

President Museveni in a speech read for him by minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Mr Tom Butime, said Uganda hosts 54 per cent of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas and 11 per cent of the world’s recorded species of birds (50 per cent of Africa’s bird species richness).

He said the country hosts 7.8 per cent of the global mammal diversity, 19 per cent of Africa’s amphibian species richness and 14 per cent of Africa’s reptile species richness; 1,249 recorded species of butterflies and 600 species of fish.

Read more

Source: Daily Monitor