Monthly Archives: August 2011

Stealthy Spiders have Stood the Test of Time

The sight of cobweb layers over one of our institute’s car windscreen drew me into memories of one old tale as told by my grandfather. King Robert the Bruce I was born at Lochmaben Castle in 1274. He was Knight and Overlord of Annandale. In 1306 he was crowned King of Scotland and henceforth tried […]

Africa’s first GLORIA sites established on the Mountains of the Moon

Dear esteemed reader, We are glad to be back from establishing the first GLORIA (Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments) sites in Africa – on the Rwenzori (popularly known as the Mountains of the Moon) and Elgon mountains.  You will have seen some of the earlier pictures from Rwenzori. Frost, snow, hailstones,freezing temperatures, strong […]

Our forest candid-camera network gets global attention

As regular readers know several of our activities here in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are part of, and contribute to, larger research networks. The TEAM network supports our camera trapping, our tree monitoring plots and our automatic climate station. These TEAM activities are all still quite new at ITFC so we should celebrate when we […]

An unusual proposal – part II – CoFCCLoT exposed

If you were intrigued by CoFCCLoT‘s proposal to re-introduce lions to Greece in a recent post you might be interested in a fuller explanation. You might find it amusing too. The Same Boat, Different Views. (c) Polyp.or.uk. Please see the Mongabay summary here and the full article here (it is free for 3 months thanks […]

Save the shaggy rat! The challenge of conserving neglected animals

Protected areas in SW Uganda include significant populations of several globally threatened animals. While mountain gorillas, elephants and chimpanzees have received a lot of attention, many smaller animals in the region remain poorly known and neglected. The last few weeks we have been putting together a proposal to address conservation of neglected species with a […]

An unusual proposal

“As the Greek economy maintains its slide towards default and the global climate continues to change for the worse, one organisation, has come up with some novel answers to both problems. Reforest the country to offset historic deforestation and reintroduce long extinct animals such as lions, boosting the economy through eco-tourism. The introduction of wild […]

Mountain Gorilla Killers convicted, fined $20 and $40

We have just received an official statement from UWA (the Uganda Wildlife Authority) that the three men charged with the killing of Mizaano, the only black-back in Habinyanja group (see our past news) have been fined $20 and $40. This blog is based on UWA’s official text. UWA with the help of the Uganda Police […]

Could poachers have hunted Bwindi’s Leopards to extinction?

Hunting poses a major threat to many large mammals.  It can also have a lasting impact. Just last month, a black-back mountain gorilla (in Bwindi) was brutally speared to death by suspected poachers for a reason that it had attacked their hunting dog. With only a few hundred animals it wouldn’t take much hunting to […]