Top large carnivores sightings in Uganda – Large carnivores are an important component of any functioning ecosystem. They regulate ungulate population numbers and help keep disease outbreaks down by killing off the sick and weak individuals in the population. They are also iconic species that both have cultural values in Uganda, as well as global recognition as species of conservation significance, plus making the highlights of any safari tour conducted in the Savannah parks of Uganda, representing values of the wild and being prominent in history and folklore.
lion (Panthera Leo); leopard (Panthera pardus); spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) and cheetah (Acinonyx jubata Other smaller carnivores such as the golden cat (Felis aurata), Serval (Felis serval), side-striped (Canis adustus), golden (Canis aureus) and black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) and ratel (Honey budger) (Ratel ratel) are also found in Uganda together with smaller carnivorous species such as mongooses, otters and genets but these species are not addressed in this plan.
Large carnivores are an important attraction for Uganda’s Tourism Industry after Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), are the most sought after species by tourists. The lion experiential program in Queen Elizabeth National Park especially addresses the plight of lions and leopards that have suffered the negative effects of human wildlife conflict which is on the rise. Tourism is Uganda’s highest foreign currency earner and is steadily growing as the country is becoming better known around the World. However, the ecotourism in Uganda is very much dependent on its mountain gorillas to attract tourists from elsewhere. The presence of large carnivores in parks such as Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Pian Upe wildlife reserve and Kidepo Valley National park keeps tourists staying in the country and spending their income rather than flying in from Kenya or Tanzania as often happens in a place like Rwanda which does not have the large savanna animals that tourists seek. Their ability to be seen and photographed by tourists is therefore a key factor in keeping tourists in Uganda and helping the economy of the country grow. If they became too rare to be seen, then this could have significant impacts on Uganda’s tourism industry. Most of travelers on a safari in Uganda, look out for the top large carnivores sightings in Uganda and Great Adventure Safaris is always available to help you arrange for a life time safari to see mountain gorillas and carnivores in the natural habitat.