Beginning in the early morning through to the late afternoon you can now take part in a Lion Tracking Research Experience in QENP as part of Uganda's CARNIVORE PROTECTION PROGRAM(ME). During this experience you will be with researcher, off-roading and learning the behaviours of the lion prides in the park. QENP is the only national park in Uganda to where you can experience the monitoring, tracking and researching of lions first hand.
Be assured that this is not just an activity created for visitors; it is scientific research that is recorded and gives the researchers a better understanding of the habits of the lions. This crucial work aims to reduce and eventually mitigate human wildlife conflict and inevitably help increase the lion numbers within the park.
To safe guard the predators this experience is limited to just a few visitors per day and it must be booked ahead of time in order to take part the cost for a lion tracking permit is $50 USD (plus Park Entrance).
Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is home to some of the most popular and charismatic predators in the world. Lions, leopards, and hyenas are facing a number of uphill battles as the human population continues to grow. Their populations have declined significantly over the years, and a 2013 survey issued on the Lion Alert website gave a rough estimate of less than 500 lions in Uganda. 📷
The Uganda Carnivore Program (UCP) is dedicated to the monitoring, research, and conservation of predators. Their current focus is primarily in the northern sector of QENP, where they are working hard to find solutions for both the wildlife and the people of this area. The situation with predators in Uganda exemplifies many of the issues facing predators in other parts of the continent. Growing human populations in villages within the national parks, and many others just outside park boundaries, result in human and wildlife conflict, as well as sustainable development challenges.
📷 UCP is urging communities to get involved in saving Uganda's carnivores by raising awareness of their importance. The programme’s day-to-day activities include monitoring, radio collars, and visiting local villages for community conservation education and conflict resolution sessions. They are also raising funds through educating tourists of their work with a once in a lifetime, behind the scenes, experience where tourists can track these majestic predators with the projects’ researchers.
If you are ready for your very own Attenborough experience, you can meet 'Anna’s pride', one of the biggest prides in the park, which comprises of 8 lionesses and 3 cubs. They can frequently be seen along the Kasenyi game drive route, a famous kob breeding grounds, and sometimes dangerously close to the village of Hamukungu! UCP is continuously monitoring the prides movements and alert villagers to their presence. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org www.uganda-carnivores.org All images taken from the UCP website 📷