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The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities together with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) are pleased to announce a considerable increase in the mountain gorilla population in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) following a three-week census that was carried out in the park in September and October 2011.
A male mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park named Ruhondeza believed to be about 50 years old has died in his sleep leaving his fans in the business of mountain gorilla tracking grieving.
Mid this year, President Museveni announced the formation of a separate Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage breaking it off from Trade and Industry
Ugandan and French scientists have discovered a fossil of a skull of a tree-climbing ape from about 20 million years ago in Uganda's Karamoja region.
The scientists discovered the remains on July 18 2011 while looking for fossils in the remnants of an extinct volcano in Karamoja, a semi-arid region in Uganda's northeastern corner.
Local leaders in areas around Lake Mburo National Park recently asked the President of Uganda Mr. Museveni to intervene and have the wild animals confined within the park area.
“Mr. President, we have a problem of UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) and Lake Mburo National park. We ask you to help us get the wild animals back in the park. They have been left to go outside and they destroy people’s crops,” an LC5 chairman told the President.
Following the end of the insurgency in northern Uganda, tourism activities are to be revived.
The spokesperson of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) Edwin Muzahura said, “The potential of tourism in this region is enormous. We are preparing activities expected to rekindle the rich and diverse culture after 20 years of insurgency.”
Tourists have shunned Mt. Elgon National Park after the August and September mudslides ravaged parts of Mt. Elgon, according to the park’s statistics for the months.
The Mt. Elgon visitor survey figures indicated that although August and September are peak seasons for tourists at the mountain, groups of tourists cancelled their visits to the mountain fearing they could be victims.
Over 865 local and international exhibitors are expected to participate in the fifteenth Uganda International Trade Fair that starts on October 4. The exhibition will run under the theme ‘Extending industrial investment and economic growth’.
The Intercontinental Hotel Group is set to open a hotel in Kampala seeking to cash in on the growing demand for accommodation, conference facilities and hotels in Uganda.
The $80 million investment, with a capacity of 303 rooms and 34 suites, is currently under construction by Kingdom Kampala, a company owned by Dubai-based Azure Holdings Ltd.