The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is currently in the process of re-introducing 15 Rothschild giraffes (5 male and 10 female) into the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve in the Karamoja subregion of northeastern Uganda. A first batch of five animals has been released on 28 October 2019. The other 10 giraffes will follow within the next three weeks. The giraffes have been translocated from Murchison Falls National Park.
The UWA last year translocated 92 Impalas into Pian Upe Wildlife Resort, while its efforts to protect the wildlife in the resort aLso resulted in significantly increased numbers of e.g. Roan Antelope, Eland, Zebra, Hartebeest and Cheetah.
Through enhancing the conservation value of Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve the UWA hopes not just to resore and manage viable populations of extict or endangered species, but also to increase tourism in the region and create other benefits such as employment, sale of food and crafts as well as accommodation, increased revenue sharing and other indirect economic benefits.
The Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is located in the northeastern semi-arid part of Uganda, spanning a land area of 2,043km². It is undisputedly the largest wildlife reserve in the country and the second largest protected area in Uganda, after the Murchison Falls National Park in northwest Uganda.