Monthly Archives: October 2009

Who is trading rare chameleons from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?

Hello everyone, my name is Emmanuel Akampulira. I have been working as a volunteer at ITFC for several months. I recently completed my bachelor’s degree in wildlife health and resource management from Makerere University in Uganda. I love ecology and wildlife conservation and am very happy working at ITFC. I am learning a lot here. […]

Searching for gorilla food in Bwindi’s Northern Sector

The northern sector of Bwindi is very steep and rugged. It is lower than the rest of the park and hosts different plant species. The Northern Sector is attached to the main forest by a narrow corridor called “the neck”.  Mountain gorillas have not been seen in this most Northerly part of the forest for […]

41 crowned cranes in a field

Grey crowned cranes (Balearica regulorum) are majestic animals (we usually call them simply “crowned cranes”). They are Uganda’s national bird. We are used to seeing them. They are usually in pairs. They are a species that seems well able to live beside humans though there are worrying stories that they may not often be breeding […]

A rarely seen African golden cat

Thanks to Laila for questioning our African wild cat sighting (see the “wonderful wild cat” blog). Yes, it is indeed an African golden cat (Profelis aurata).  It is an important correction making the observations even more remarkable. The African golden cat occurs in the equatorial African tropical forests and is considered shy and secretive. It […]

Haunted by a potto

The nocturnal primates are among the strangest animals in the rain forest. One of the oddest is the Potto. I remember reading about these in a book as a child: how they slowly and silently crept up on sleeping birds before suddenly grasping them in their strong hands and eating them alive. It is a […]

Snares still kill in Bwindi

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is undoubtedly one of the best protected forests in Africa. With its famous Mountain Gorillas, and the hard work of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) there are no mysteries about that. Living near a ranger post, we rarely see evidence of hunting, and animals appear less wary of humans than they […]