EACOP: Oil at home: wildlife at Murchison Falls National Park threatened to be climate migrants

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This article is part of the dossier: EACOP: A boon or curse for East Africa?

By Soraya Aybar Laafou, David Soler, Pablo Garrigós
Posted on Monday, 14 November 2022 13:33

Three Rothschild giraffes walk through the Murchison Falls National Park where 31 drilling areas and several dozen oil wells will be built on 13 October 2022. Murchison Falls is the only place in the world where this specie of giraffe has survived without being reintroduced by humans. The Tilenga’s drilling pads will directly affect the movements of these endangered animals across the protected area as they will split in two the migration movements of the local communities. (photo: Pablo Garrigós )

The building is filled up to the top with mountains of wheel traps, snares and spears. A handful of elephant tusks in a small closet next door are kept as proof that poaching still is a major threat at Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park.

This is part 3 of a 7-part series

However, now there is a means to fight poaching. “Ten years ago, there was nothing: only a small hut, a couple of rangers and no cars,” says Michael Keigwin, founder of the Uganda Conservation Foundation.

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