Prolonged dry spell and drought has caused the deaths of scores of animals in Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda.
Since the effects of the drought was first felt in the park, officials of the Uganda Wildlife Authority estimate that over 20 wild animals have died.
The officials blame the prolonged drought on the effects of global climate change. They say the location of the park in the dry corridor means they will always have long dry seasons and are working to find remedies.
Last year, eight giraffes were transferred from the Murchison Falls National Park that straddles Nwoya and Kiryandongo districts to Lake Mburo.
The national park receives almost 20,000 tourists annually and is one of the major tourist attractions in the country offering game drives and viewing of wild animals like the zebra, impalas, buffalos and waterbucks.
Officials now fear the drought will make the park less attractive to the available tourism opportunities because the star attractions, the animals, are dying off or moving away in search of water.
Officials of the Uganda Wildlife Authority are looking at building valley dams and also drawing water from the lake to prevent future droughts from having such devastating effects on the animals in the park.