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Archive for the ‘wildlife’ category

  • How do you deal with an elephant in your garden?

    Jul 20, 10 • 2704 views 5 comments

    A big part of UCF’s work focuses on “mitigating Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC)” – that is stopping humans and elephants from killing each other. Simply put, if we can protect the humans, we can protect the wildlife. It’s...

  • It’s Hip to be a Hippo

    Jun 27, 10 • 2828 views 1 comment

    Protecting the hippos of Queen Elizabeth National Park One of the greatest attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) are the hippo. Whether in the Ishasha River,  the Kazinga Channel, Lake Edward, Lake George – or all the smaller...

  • Hanging with a baby gorilla!

    Apr 25, 10 • 8846 views 11 comments

    Have you ever wanted to go gorilla trekking in Uganda? Despite working in conservation in Uganda for nearly three years, seeing the gorillas was never top of my wildlife wishlist – I still can’t get enough of Uganda safaris or birding in...

  • Anti-poaching: the answer’s in the gumboots!

    Mar 14, 10 • 2725 views 6 comments

    Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers will soon, for the first time ever, have a permanent base in the Dura sector, an area of 400km² north of Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park, thanks to the Uganda Conservation Foundation, the organization...

  • Hip-hippo-hooray for U.W.A.

    Jan 17, 10 • 2224 views 3 comments

    A toad hops towards us as we sit on a stone wall at the Ndere Cultural Centre. I love the casual reminder that He Was Here First: “you can have your dancing troupe and your landscaped gardens, but I’m a toad and I’ll go where I...

  • Shark bait – I was this close!

    Dec 11, 09 • 1898 views 1 comment

    Awaking to a nightmare at 4.45 a.m. was not the ideal start to a day that involved leaving the house before dawn, on my own, for a drive across country to dive into cold Atlantic water with man-eating sharks …. [Main Photo courtesy of Michael...

  • Out of town …Kampala riots far away

    Sep 10, 09 • 2885 views 6 comments

    Woke to the sound of birds (and possibly a baboon!) this morning, at the Uganda Wildlife Authority hostel on the Mweya peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park. A fantastically beautiful place tho the accom is very basic: only 1 tap works, the...

  • A day in the life … species by species

    Aug 23, 09 • 2818 views 4 comments

    “Greetings!” as we say in Uganda. We may not have the same change of seasons here as in Europe but the insects and other animal species don’t know that! They come and go in phases. If you’ve been reading my blog regularly you’ll...

  • Not forgetting why I’m really here …

    Aug 7, 09 • 2224 views 5 comments

    There’s no point in pretending: I’m really behind with work and I’m not going to get it all done in the next hour it takes for Mike (UCF’s Founder) to drive from the airport. Kati, time for a bit of blogging … Kati is the Luganda word for...

  • Off to the field

    Jun 30, 09 • 3711 views 11 comments

    Tuesday night is market night and the drums are playing loud on the other side of the compound wall, just a few metres away. From here you can feel the city growing as we hear hammering and banging as the shanty town next to the railway line...

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