The lion research is an experience where the visitors are allowed to participate in carnivore research program Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lion research is aimed at improving and conserving the shrinking population of lions in the region. The lion research in Uganda helps the ecologists to make sure that they track the lions and help the management to develop the desired strategies for the best services that will improve the conservation activities.
The lion research program in Queen Elizabeth National park is carried out within the eastern region of the National park in the Kasenyi plains and this project is spearheaded by the carnivore research program with the authorization from the Uganda wildlife authority the body that is responsible for the monitoring of the national parks in Uganda. The lions with the radio callers in their necks are being followed by the researchers and it is these radio callers that help the researchers and any other persons to go and find the lions whenever they are and at the time they want.
As the program was conducted, the idea came of making sure that the visitors or travelers who are interested can also benefit from this activity and certain visitors were allowed to start moving with the researchers as they are tracking the lions such that they can spend more time with the lions in the wild. With the lion research in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will be able to travel with the researchers and study the lions for about one hour in their natural habitat
The Uganda carnivore project is the one that is responsible for making sure that the lions are tracked and it is also this same project that takes the visitors or the participants to the bush as they track the lions. This activity doesn’t involve a lot of people and the people who engage in their activity are restricted and this is because this activity is also sensitive that will need the visitors and the staff to be responsible tom the environment and makes sure the number of people allowed doesn’t interfere with any park activities.
Remember that a large number of people might end up even spoiling the environment with littering issues. Lion research experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park is done early in the morning and it is done in your vehicle to make sure that you as well engage in the lion tracking activity.
Usually, the lions are scattered all over the park and you might not know they are found during the normal safari game drive. It has also been reported that most of the people or visitors who visit the Queen Elizabeth National Park do want to see lions and at times they can have them because seeing lions sometimes is unpredictable
Sometimes the only sure way of seeing the lions is during the lion research program, whereby you will get up early in the morning get into your vehicle and your guide as well as the trackers and attract the lion research activity. This activity is mainly done in the areas around Kasenyi where most of the lions are found. These lions move in several feelings of pride of lions and at the time you find that pride can consist of 10 members or less or above depending on the pride that you have met.
As your engagement in the lion research activity or experience, you will be hearing the sound that is mad by the lions as well the hyenas as they are chasing their prey and you will feel that you are in deep wildness. As you track and you find the grass haven bent then you can notice that you are about to meet something special you are looking for and you will keep on track until you land the one that you are tracking.
This activity is special and it is only visitors who are 15 years and above who are supposed to engage in this critical and wonderful safari activity, in case you are interesting in engaging in the lion’s study program in the Queen Elizabeth National park, you will need to get the permit from the Uganda wildlife authority and you can buy it directly from the Uganda wildlife authority at the tourism visitor information center which is found at Mweya and the permit cost $50 per person per day and in case you are from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, you will be able to pay only Uganda shillings 100000 for this safari activity.
Because the lions under study are tracked by radio tones around their necks, you may expect to observe more lions during the lion research than in any other Ugandan park. Other interesting experiential projects to boost your lion research in sovereign Elizabeth National Park includes mongoose tracking and hippo appraisal, among others. Don’t forget to engage in chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, launch cruise, bird watching among others.