Monthly Archives: September 2009

Wonderful wild cat – a rare sighting

Yesterday we (Miriam, Robert and myself) were returning to the institute after a few days away when we saw something remarkable. I was driving. It was about 5:40 in the evening and 8 km after the park gate. It had rained and the road was slippery. The track has improved a lot the last year […]

Giant Squirrels spotted in Bwindi!

The other day I was making a phone call in the corner of our compound (where the best reception is and I can look out over the forest and see Congo in the distance!). All of a sudden I saw an animal I had never seen before jumping from one branch to another. The thought […]

A day with the best known Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi

Today I’d like to tell you about the daily experience of field assistants like myself monitoring the Mountain Gorillas of the Kyagurilo group, which is the best known group in Bwindi thanks to the many years of research that the Max Planck Institute has carried out. ITFC arranges this daily activity; a group of four […]

Dennis has survived!

Hello, readers, this is Dennis again: I am back and in good health. Today Christopher is helping me with computer practice, so I can start blogging again. Dennis can work on the laptop again! It has been three months since I last talked to you. Did you read the blog Douglas wrote about the accident […]

An airplane full of Mountain Gorillas…

The second workshop I attended was called “Assessing prospects for growth of Bwindi’s Mountain Gorilla Population” and was organised by the Max Planck Institute (MPI), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP). The workshop organisers had invited stakeholders from Uganda, Rwanda and Congo to share information of what is known about […]

Concerted efforts to keep our closest relatives healthy

I am just returned from two back-to-back meetings; one international workshop about Great Ape Health issues in Entebbe, and one closer to home, in Kabale, about the viability of Bwindi’s Mountain Gorilla population. It has left me with a better idea of just how much effort is being done by national and international organisations to […]