Five elephants strayed off from the Queen Elizabeth national park and roamed the streets of Kasese town on Wednesday causing a scene among locals, SoftPower News has learnt.
Photos of the huge mammals on streets of Kasese have been circulating on social media. Some social media users joked that the elephants were forced to tour the town since they have spent months without seeing any visitors due to Covid travel restrictions.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) confirmed to this news website that the elephants escaped from the national park but no harm was caused.
“It’s true. We had stray elephants from Queen Elizabeth national park this morning. They were 5 of them,” Bashir Hangi the Head of Communications at UWA told SoftPower News.
“As you know, we have been building a fence at some spots around the park, to prevent the elephants from escaping into the community. They get shocked by electricity when they come in contact with the fence. But these elephants always move along the fence until they get an escape gap,” he said.
This time, the five elephants got out from a section near Kasese Cobalt Company which is near the Kasese town.
“Our teams were notified and we swung into action. The elephants were guided back into the park. There were no casualties or fatalities”.
Hangi says UWA has stationed its personnel at some of the hot spots to prevent the animals from escaping into the community again.
The long term plan is to extend the electric fence which is being constructed in phases.
UWA says however that the motive is not to fence off the entire park (as a zoo) but rather select spots where the animals are known to sneak out from.