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Posts tagged ‘Conservation’

  • Party with your closest relative!

    Dec 3, 11 • 7060 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 • 6255 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 • 5760 views 6 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...

  • Kampala to Nairobi – 14 hours of speed bumps

    Sep 30, 11 • 15586 views 13 comments

    It was a terrible night’s sleep – a 14 hour bus journey from Kampala to Nairobi: I awoke cold, cold and achey. The speed bumps shuddered us awake every few minutes. I swear I woke a hundred times. A few glasses of Waragi (it was my birthday...

  • Save Mabira Forest! we can live without sugar

    Sep 3, 11 • 3869 views 6 comments

    To everyone’s horror – but few people’s surprise – the President has decreed that ‘the degraded part’ of this ancient and fabulous forest, protected under international law, should be cut down. And for what crucial development project?...

  • Bwindi – eye to eye with my totem

    Aug 12, 11 • 9204 views 15 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...

  • Warning – this blog contains snakes!

    Jun 18, 11 • 11819 views 18 comments

    When I suggested to the team that we all have a day out together at the Reptiles Village in Entebbe, organised by Nature Uganda, we were equally split down the middle: two for, two against. Enid’s words were in fact “No way, I’m not...

  • Around the World with 40 Lonely Planet bloggers

    Apr 28, 11 • 3367 views 6 comments

    Did you know Diary of a Muzungu featured on Lonely Planet from 2009-2012? If you like travelling – real or armchair! – you’ll love this … Diary of a Muzungu has been appearing on Lonely Planet, as part of the travel bloggers’...

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

    Apr 12, 11 • 2680 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...

  • The call of the Wild

    Apr 3, 11 • 1883 views 1 comment

    I feel in limbo today. I’m waiting for friends to come back, I’m waiting for them to go, I’m waiting to get better, I’m waiting for a call. I should be promoting the new blog but I’ve run out of steam. The three day week feels more like a...

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