Buffaloes Vanish From Mayuge

A study by Uganda Wildlife Authority shows that there are no Buffaloes left in Namugongo Peninsula in Mayuge district, having declined from 59 in 2009.

UWA spokesperson Jossy Muhangi said the 2013 study found no sign or mark of the existence of buffaloes, and blamed this the destruction of the natural habitat by human activities.

Muhangi said they are currently partnering with the Mayuge district local government to protect the remaining wildlife in Namugongo peninsula, which measures about 1,000 hectares.

William Atube, the LCIII Chairperson of Bukatuube sub-county attributes the disappearance of the buffaloes to the absence of a fence, which put them in direct conflict with residents. He said residents hunted down the Buffaloes when they invaded their gardens.

Musa Lubanga, the Mayuge district natural resources officer, said the buffaloes must have relocated to a more habitable area, probably in the Buvuma islands across Lake Victoria.

Source : The Observer

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