A key tool for the conservation of mountain gorillas and their montane habitat is Ranger Based Monitoring (RBM). We are Patrick and Louise, two zoology students from Newcastle University, UK, and we spent two weeks in Rwanda with IGCP experiencing conservation of a critically-endangered species and important habitat through RBM.
RBM is a simple and cost effective method for collecting data, used to monitor ecosystems and help make park management decisions.
I found a donga (the bank of a gully) along the way, which I jumped over and stood on the other side. I was confident that even if this were a super athletic hippo, the Michael Jordan of hippos, it would take him a month to jump across that part of the donga. “This would buy me time to get into AWF’s research vehicle,” I thought. Indeed, when the hippo finally caught up with me, there was a donga separating us.
The air is electric with anticipation. Dozens of eyes fix intensely on a single target. The crowd hushes. Suddenly, a pack of African wild dogs charge forth from their den, barking and yelping as they begin feasting on the meal laid before them.
This exciting sight was witnessed, not by safari goers in Africa, but by zoo-goers just 14 miles from downtown Chicago. On July 23, more than 900 members of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
helped celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary with a day at the Brookfield Zoo.
During the month of August in 2010, after our CEO had visited and left, but before the Corne family visited, Kaizer and I were out looking for the best sites to place cameras when we came across a puddle of water in a dry river bed. It really looked like a puddle and Kaizer and I stood in front of it and discussed the best direction to go to set a camera station. Suddenly there was whirl wind, which came in our direction and went right over the puddle. Suddenly a ginormous, hippo head popped up like a bobble-head and scuttled to the opposite end of what was a puddle a few moments earlier.
Nairobi National Park is one of the world’s only national parks that sit on the edge of a major city. It is truly amazing that one can escape the booming city of Nairobi with its 3 million people and world-renowned traffic jams in a matter of
minutes into the forest and grasslands of Nairobi National Park—the green lung of Nairobi.