With limited sources of food or income, some people lay traps in the hope of catching bushmeat to feed their families, and sell in the local markets. But traps are indiscriminate and wildlife such as the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe are getting caught instead, becoming maimed or even killed.
There must be a better way.
Charities Send a Cow and Tusk have launched the Living with Wildlife Appeal to protect both the people and wildlife of Murchison Falls National Park. The funds raised will be used to upskill local communities, creating new livelihood opportunities, which can lift people out of poverty and protect wildlife.
Families will be given the training and skills to grow their own food and develop sustainable ways of making a living. This will enable families to invest in their homes, healthcare and send their children to school, while also easing pressure to hunt within the nearby national park.
With fewer than 2,000 Rothschild’s giraffes remaining in the wild, and most of them living in Murchison Falls National Park, we have to act now to protect future generations of endangered wildlife.
Donate to the Living with Wildlife Appeal before 14 April and the UK government will DOUBLE your donation. The funds raised will help vulnerable people and wildlife living in Uganda as well as supporting other similar work across Africa. Find out more and donate at livingwithwildlife.org.uk