PIAN UPE WILDLIFE RESERVE
Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is located in the Karamoja sub-region of North Eastern Uganda. The name “Pian Upe” came from the Karamojong local language which means “Friendly Enemy.” Pian Upe is under the management of Mount Elgon Conservation Area. Pian Upe lies in between 8 districts and was gazetted in 1965. and one of the threatened wildlife reserves because of uncontrolled grazing and poaching. Increased human-wildlife interactions raise the risk of cross-species transmission, and zoonotic disease outbreaks between wildlife, livestock, and people that spread diseases like Brucellosis, Rift valley fever, Tuberculosis, and Anthrax.
Pian Upe is regarded as the green belt of the Karamoja region that teams up with wildlife and a critical environment for many rare endangered species in this region although adversely affected by climate change.
Pian Upe wildlife reserve is home to many wildlife species which makes it attractive, often visited by tourists in the entire world all year round, Pian Upe wild animals includes giraffes, leopards, lions, zebras, greater kudu, buffaloes, Harte beast, topi, Oribi, and Uganda’s last population of antelope. It is one of the fewer places to see Rothschild’s giraffe, different bird species can also be spotted around the swamp terrains of Loporokocho swamp, Pian Upe bird species includes Ostriches, Jackson’s Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Bustard, and the white-headed buffalo-weaver, Pian Upe is also rich with vervet monkey, olive baboons can all be spotted out.
Pian Upe also accommodates enormous rock pythons, smaller but venomous puff adders, Harmless water snakes, the largest lizards are found there, and Pian Upe wildlife reserve has Savannah monitors such as common agama, chameleons’, skinks, and geckos