How Uganda’s Emblem is disappearing due to Encroachment.
The State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi has blamed the
decline of grey crowned crane in the country to wetland encroachment,
poaching them for traditional use and smuggling them to the
neighboring countries of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Minster Kiwanda was speaking yesterday Monday March 2,2020 as the Guest of Honor during the
2020 Crane Festival held at Kikungiri primary school playground in
Kabale Municipality. During the function, he launched the Uganda
National Species Action Plan for Grey Crowned crane.
He urged local leaders to be at the forefront of restoring wetlands
saying that this will lead to increased wetland vegetation cover,
protection of wetland patches for enhanced nesting success of Grey
Crowned Crane that is on Uganda flag.
According to the Executive director of Nature Uganda Achilles
Byaruhanga, they conducted a research in 1972 to 1974, there were
about100, 000 cranes in Uganda, another research conducted in 1989,
and they found that the cranes decline to 35000 and a recent research
they conducted in 2018 to 2019 showed that 8000 cranes are remaining
in the country.
Byaruhanga said that there is need for awareness in population
especially on proper use of environment so that we can save the
grateful and precious bird.
Jane Amumpeire, the program manager for Self Help Africa, said that it
is very bad to see that some Ugandans have started hunting cranes for
The Grey Crowned Crane, scientifically known as Balearica regulorum gibbericeps, was chosen as Uganda’s national emblem because of its beauty and elegance. Commonly called the Crested Crane, it is a bird of national significance to Uganda, occupying a prime position on the country’s national flag and coat of arms.
The grey crowned crane, also known as the African crowned crane, golden crested crane, golden-crowned crane, East African crane, East African crowned crane, Eastern crowned crane, South African crane, is a bird in the https://twitter.com/AaronAinomugis3 crane family, Gruidae.
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