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Murchison Falls National Park

MURCHISON FALLS is Uganda’s largest national park (3,840km2), named for the seven-metre wide chasm through which the full force of the mighty Nile River tumbles. Most of Africa’s large mammal species occur here, as well as almost 500 bird species, including the dinosaur-like Shoebill. Standing 1.4 metres tall, and formerly known as the Whale-headed Stork, this truly strange bird feeds mostly on lungfish and catfish. One of my objectives with the African Journey Collection of poster-prints is to help create awareness of conservation areas as tourist destinations. Many national parks and other protected areas have become entirely dependent upon tourism and there is now great concern over the future of some wildlife reserves as the covid-19 pandemic prevents travellers from accessing parks that provide employment and income for local communities. Parks that are already surrounded by subsistence or commercial agriculture (as is the case in much of Uganda) are most vulnerable, so it is vital that travellers return to wildlife reserves as soon as it is safe to do so.

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