Lake Mburo National Park
|Lake Mburo National Park|
The entrance sign to Lake Mburo National Park
|Location||Nyabushozi County, Kiruhura District, Uganda|
|Area||260 km2 (100 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Ugandan Wildlife Authority|
|Official name||Lake Mburo-Nakivali Wetland System|
|Designated||15 September 2006|
Lake Mburo was originally gazetted in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. The Banyankole Bahima residents continued to graze their cattle in the reserve until it was upgraded to national park status in 1983. The Obote government's upgrade decision was intended, in part, to weaken the Banyankole, who supported anti-Obote rebels. It came at the time of the Operation Bonanza massacre of 300,000 people. As the evicted pastoralists were not compensated for lost grazing land or assisted with resettling, many remained hostile to the upgrade. The rangeland outside the park was subsequently subdivided into small ranges and subsistence farming plots.
In 1985, the second Obote regime fell and the previous residents of Lake Mburo re-occupied the park's land, expelling park staff, destroying infrastructure, and killing wildlife. Less than half of the park's original land area was eventually re-gazetted by the National Resistance Movement government in 1986.
- "Lake Mburo-Nakivali Wetland System". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- IUCN Cat Specialist Group (2006). Conservation Strategy for the Lion Panthera leo in Eastern and Southern Africa. Pretoria, South Africa: IUCN.
- Mallarach, Josep-Maria (2008). Protected landscapes and cultural amb [i.e. and] spiritual values. Heidelberg: World Conservation Union. pp. 132–134. ISBN 3925064605.
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- Official government site
- Lake Mburo Information Portal
- Lake Mburo National Park Official Website
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