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Ugandan wildlife dying in national park from drought

Posted September 21

— A Ugandan wildlife official says scores of animals have died in a national park because of drought.

Jossy Muhangi, a spokesman for the Uganda Wildlife Authority, said Wednesday that animals including zebras and some antelopes in Lake Mburo National Park have been dying of hunger or thirst.

He said animals in some other parks across the country are also stressed by drought conditions, although no deaths have been reported.

He said the situation could get alarming if "flagship species" popular with tourists, such as giraffes, start dying in a region experiencing a prolonged dry spell.

Lake Mburo, in western Uganda, is one of the country's more popular national parks. Tourism is a major source of revenue for the Ugandan government.

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  • Benjamin Kite Sep 21, 2:37 p.m.
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    Uganda has been considered rich in water. So, what are the causes of this drought? No mention of rapid population growth, deforestation, increased agricultural production, urbanization and industrialization? No mention of rapid depletion of water resources? In North Dakota, Native Americans are being attacked by big oil right now, and they are saying WATER IS LIFE. Should water management not be part of this narrative too, or do we need poor people to die first before the rich put water in the news?