Monthly Archives: June 2011

Lichens Part II – the saga continues

Part II of our interview with Andreas Frisch In our last article we introduced and interviewed Andreas Frisch, a post-doc lichenologist about the  significance of lichens and his study with ITFC in Bwindi. Here are some more excerpts. Bwindi Researchers: What are the economic benefits of lichens? Andreas Frisch : For many years, over different […]

Sad news from Bwindi

We received some sad news last Saturday. One of Bwindi’s mountain gorillas (a black-back male called “Mizano”) in the Habinyanja group was found dead. It appears the animal might have been speared — but we have heard so many different stories already we shall wait to hear the official conclusions from the Uganda Wildlife Authority […]

Lichens: Little known but very significant

Lichens may be found all over the world, from the Antarctic continent to the tropics, in habitats ranging from spray-washed rocks by the sea, to boulders at the edge of the snowline on mountains; from rain forests to fogy deserts. In harsh, inhospitable environments they may be the only vegetation, and they are amongst the […]

Bwindi’s Batwa Pygmies: new insights from a participatory 3-D map

If you have been to Bwindi lately chances are high that you may have missed out on one major aspect of the forest, meeting the indigenous forest people – the Batwa. The Batwa are believed to be the original people for the Central African forests. The dense vegetation was their home as hunter-gatherers. However, with […]

More from the camera trap – identification parade

In the last blog I shared our first camera trap pictures of one of Bwindi’s elephants. But that camera was packed with other pictures. It’s fun running through them. There are more than 350 of them.  Not all are identifiable.  But rather than making you wait let me share a few of the clearer ones […]

Bwindi elephant — a camera trap exclusive

Last year we set out camera traps at sixty locations for a month each. That’s part of the TEAM project we told you about. We got over 15,000 pictures. While some were empty or unclear, most had animals.   A total of 15,912 images were recorded in 1800 camera days.  10,029 images were useful (images of […]