Elizabeth Conservation Area, Uganda
Over the last ten years, IEF has supported the construction of nine ranger stations in MFCA – both land and marine – in an attempt to take back the park from poachers. Where ranger stations have been established, wildlife is returning to the area demonstrating the success of the project. There is need to build additional stations to replace mud huts currently housing rangers at some of the sites, and in the heart of poaching country where there is no ranger presence at all. One of the most compelling aspects of establishing these stations is the ranger’s ability to find and remove snares and leg hold traps which are decimating many animal populations such as lions and antelope, as well as maiming and killing animals such as elephants and endangered Rothschild’s giraffe.