Wildlife facts in Uganda- why are gorillas rare? And the tree climbing lions?
Wildlife facts provides information on some of the true information regarding animals in the wilderness of Uganda and beyond.
Indeed, there are so few mountain gorillas remaining for several reasons. Firstly, the size of their habitat is rather small . Bwindi is only 33 km sq while Virunga volcanoes 450 km sq. Densely populated rural areas of 200-400 people per sq km surround these two small forests. Here, people make their living through subsistence farming. There are threats to the gorillas. For example habitat destruction, poaching and disease are the main ones. The forests slowly degrade through people illegally harvesting trees or other forest products. This reduces its suitability for the gorillas. Nonetheless people living around these forests do not eat primates as bush-meat. However poachers set snares to capture forest antelopes. These snares instead catch and injure the gorillas.
Uganda and Rwanda are whole round travel destinations to any tourist planning to travel. This is due to its climate and location to the equator. The other factor is Lake Victoria and its unique weather patterns to the climate. Most of the tourists don’t visit during the rain season. Since it is muddy and wet while tracking the mountain gorillas. But during these very months, there is a lot of food on the lower slopes. Also the temperatures are lower on the lower slopes. Because of that, the gorillas stay on the lower slopes. Food is easily accessible and it is warmer.
Why do lions climb trees? There could be several possible reasons.
It is not usual for lions to climb trees. True, they are cats with claws. They are like domestic, wild cats and leopards. These do go up in trees. So is it part of cat culture?
In the whole world, there are only two places where lions climb trees. In fact this is part of their normal everyday behavior.
One of the places to find these rare tree lions is Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. However, the other population is found in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.
The lions climb trees in order to cool off from the too much heat on the ground. The lions are normally seen lying on branches from the early afternoon. While other lions remain seemingly asleep, some keep gazing at their prey below. These are grazing antelopes and buffaloes on the plains. The sycamore fig tree branches provide a resting place with a cool breeze…
You are out on a game drive or nature walk, when you spot it; a sad or injured wild animal. Your instinct is to save it-to be the hero. But before you put your cape on, you should know you could be making matters worse. No matter how good you intentions, there are some things you should never do when you see an injured animal in the wild…