Fort Portal, Uganda | URN | In the aftermath of a recent incident where a British and South African tourist couple, along with their guide, were allegedly killed by suspected ADF rebels in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has taken significant steps to enhance security.
These enhanced security measures in Queen Elizabeth National Park include a permanent military presence in the park, increased police and military patrols on park roads, the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, surveillance cameras for aerial monitoring, community engagement and education, and the mobilization of locals as the first line of defense.
Pontius Ezuma, Chief Warden of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, assured that these security enhancements have been put in place to safeguard both visitors and wildlife. Notably, the attack did not significantly deter visitor numbers, as the park has continued to receive a steady stream of tourists.
Bashir Hangi, UWA Manager for Communication, highlighted the value of drone surveillance systems in enhancing Queen Elizabeth National Park security and preserving wildlife habitats. These drones offer real-time insights into park activities, enabling quick and informed responses to potential threats.
He further disclosed plans to deploy drones in five other conservation areas, with the aim of eventually equipping all 22 conservation areas with surveillance drones. Visitors, like Csillar Saxer from Switzerland, are finding reassurance in the visible military presence and vigilant guides, thus regaining confidence in the security of their park visits.