The Giraffe Education And Research (GEAR) project is a collaboration between the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) and LMC. The project has two main areas of work; monitoring the giraffes and educating the surrounding communities. Through monitoring, data is collected on the giraffe’s location, diet, individual health and population numbers. This data is shared with all partners, contributing to both the Park’s management and to the pool of giraffe data continent wide. This programme is run by a locally trained researcher.
The education programme runs day trips to the Park for students from local primary schools. Through these trips students learn not only about the plight of giraffes and the importance of Lake Mburo’s population, but also about the importance of the national park, and its benefits, to the local community and economy.