UWA builds lab to promote animal conservation
UWA builds lab to serve as a research and consulting point for the entire Great lakes region. The Government of Uganda is investing more than Shs800m towards the construction of the state of art laboratory. This facility upon completion is expected to handle postmortems and forensic examinations for every death that occurs in the national parks.
During the ongoing Tulambule of Queen Elizabeth national park, Dr Druci said that animals in the national parks do not recognize artificial borders created by humans beings. Unfortunately they are killed by intruders of their habitat. Therefore with the laboratory in place sample tests will enable vets monitor animal health and respond accordingly. UWA director Edgar Bihanga said that the population of animals in the country has increased lately. Elephant population in Murchison falls and Kidepo valley national park have increased from 2000 to 5000. The population of giraffes, zebras, antelopes and hippos have also increased.