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Celebrating Uganda's First Lion Day!



On December 14th, we celebrated local culture and the African Lion at Uganda’s first ever Lion Day. It was a festive afternoon filled with fun activities, spectacular performances, and learning about lions and other wildlife. We were so happy to have such strong participation by so many villagers and our special partners.


Special thanks goes out to:

The Oakland Zoo and the Uganda Wildlife Authority for hosting it with us.

We have so many people to thank for this great day!

Uganda Wildlife Authority QECA CAM Edward Asalu, and QECA Tourism Warden Katana Dickson for their support of our work and for their commitment to conserving Uganda’s wildlife

Oakland Zoo and conservation director Amy Gotliffe and the ecotour delegates for making everything so special that day; Oakland Zoo conservation department staff Carol Moen Wing and Shelby McCoy who worked so hard to put this together from California; and ZooCamp Director Liz Low for sending over t-shirts and lots of other goodies for us to pass out that day. Lion Day wouldn’t have happened with you!

Tourism Police Commander Muyondo Godwin and his team

Friends of Queen Chairman Sander Kesseler and all of our other Friends of Queen colleagues who helped us celebrate the day, and who are as committed to conservation as we are!

Local leaders:

LC3 of Muhokya subcounty Kasoke Ernest 
LC1 of Muhokya Trading Center Bigemere Abdulatif
LC1 of Kahendero Juma Alube
Local Police Chief Kisembo Jellies

The livestock owners from Hamukungu and Nyakatonzi who work with us daily on human-carnivore conflict and who came to celebrate with us

Our Community Scouts Kenneth Mugyenyi and Robert Nkome-Mugabe. 

Ernest and The Leopard Village Cubs for all their hard work to prepare the site to host Lion Day (and clean up the aftermath!). Muhokya Catholic Church for lending the use of their land for our Leopard Village community tourism site.

Master Kalenzi and his performance troupe, who make every event they perform at so festive

The Leopard Village Acrobats and especially their mentors Katarina and Salim, who have been so committed to training local youth

Local schools:

Kahendero Primary School 
Hamukungu Primary School
Hamukungu Secondary School

Our friends from Kasenyi Safari Camp, Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge, Little Elephant Camp, Marafiki Safari Lodge, and the other lodges and tour operators who partner with us in conservation

All the local residents who came out to celebrate the day with us and who live alongside lions and other wildlife every day.

Thank you again to everyone who made this day so special! See you next year!




Papa on the prowl...

...and eager to mate!  And Omukama is keeping his eye on him...


Discussions in Hamukungu

We had discussions with some villagers in Hamukungu today, in the hopes of reducing the significant human-carnivore conflict that exists in this area.  A main problem is the lack of predator-proof kraals.  The methods they have consistent mainly of cheap lanterns and flashlights, which surely is not effective.  We will make plans to work with them on building some strong kraals in order to protect their livestock from predators.


Conservation education in Kahendero and Muhokya primary schools

We held conservation education outreach sessions at primary schools in Kahendero and Muhokya today.  An UWA community ranger came along with us, as did our intern Olivia Atuhaire who did a great job in translating some of the lecture about lions.  James said the students paid a lot of attention and were eager to learn.  He also said they asked many questions concerning the lecture and about wildlife in general.


Mr. Grey & Twin eat a warthog!

Not exactly "breaking news", but it is good news.  Since they were pushed out of their territory near the Ugandan kob fields by The Coalition of Three, there has been concern that Mr. Grey and Twin may prey on some of the village of Katanguru's goats, who often stray into the park where they are now.  

Preying on livestock put lions at risk of retaliatory killing - cattle owners will sometimes lace the livestock carcasses with poison, which results in the lions death if/when they return to feed on it.  When we come upon a livestock carcass, we will attempt to retrieve it and dispose of it safely away from the predators in order to try to avoid this situation.


Monitoring Anna's pride

We received reports that members of Anna's pride were venturing close to the village of Hamakungu.  This is dangerous for them due to the previous incidences of lion poisoning near this village.  So, James set out early from Mweya to look for them and to discuss the situation with the villages. 

We thank UWA for providing the fuel to make this reconnaissance possible!