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Archive for the ‘wildlife’ category

  • Imagine: elephants swimming to an island!

    Jul 5, 12 • 7031 views 13 comments

    Last week I had an elephant encounter  at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe. When you first encounter this baby elephant Charlie, thoughts of murder are far from your mind. Originally from Queen Elizabeth National Park, Charles was...

  • An elephant encounter!

    Jun 24, 12 • 6887 views 5 comments

    We were all excited at the thought of seeing – and touching – a baby elephant. As we arrived, this jolly little creature, with his long, thick eyelashes came trotting along behind his keeper and soul mate Bruce, his carer at Uganda Wildlife...

  • A ticking off – ringing birds in Kibale Forest

    May 7, 12 • 6902 views 22 comments

    According to Roussouw, “Kibale Forest harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa.” Well, thumbs up to that. Kibale is where the muzungu saw her first wild Chimpanzee, and the apparently...

  • Chimp alert! muzungu bolthole? Kibale Forest

    Feb 12, 12 • 6835 views 9 comments

    Three dogs bark excited greetings as we drive up the steep hill on the approach to Julia’s house on the edge of Kibale Forest. The four hours from Kampala to Fort Portal on tarmac are easy. The last hour of the journey is the hardest:...

  • The Muzungu’s travel highlights of 2011 – Uganda travel blog

    Jan 1, 12 • 3208 views 4 comments

      If 2011 was busy, 2012 looks set to be busier still! Here are a few of 2011’s highlights for Diary of a Muzungu, Uganda travel blog … TRAVELLING – Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Turkey – and of course, Uganda....

  • Party with your closest relative!

    Dec 3, 11 • 6292 views 8 comments

    Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary  – the Flagship project for the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) – is fundraising to refurbish the sanctuary enclosure / electric fencing system for the sanctuary. The electric...

  • Lessons in parenting from Mweya’s Mongooses!

    Nov 27, 11 • 5704 views 12 comments

    I often forget when we go out into the Bush how, even on short distances, a vehicle is necessary. And so, armed not with a gun or a machete, but a long radio antenna, we jumped into the back of a pickup truck and headed off the main track and into...

  • A close encounter with Lions!

    Oct 13, 11 • 5092 views 4 comments

    One of the incredible benefits of working with UCF, the Uganda Conservation Foundation, has been work trips to the Bush – and free game drives. Friends and family back home may be under the impression that’s all I’ve been doing for the...

  • Bwindi – eye to eye with my totem

    Aug 12, 11 • 8194 views 13 comments

    THUMP! THUD! CRASH! If ever there was a rude awakening, this was definitely it. It’s early. It’s been one hell of a journey to get here (a whole day’s public transport from Kasese to Buhoma) …  the house rat has kept us awake half...

  • R.I.P. Mary – elephant entertainer extraordinaire

    Apr 12, 11 • 2281 views 2 comments

    Tragic news from Queen Elizabeth National Park this week-end: Mary the orphan elephant has been found dead, believed to have been poisoned. This famous elephant was raised by Marcel Onen (who worked for Michael Keigwin, my boss and Founder of the...

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