This summer, AWF hosted an exclusive member safari to Uganda and Rwanda. There, the nine intrepid safari goers trekked through dense bamboo thickets to see mountain gorillas, spied chimpanzees in the rainforest, and snapped photos of tree-climbing lions. But what AWF member Ellie Heller remembers most fondly of her trip is the people.
A census of the critically-endangered mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, is scheduled to begin September 7, 2011. If security allows, this census will also include contiguous Sarambwe Nature Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo.
I am very sad to announce the passing of Mr. Ozias Kubayi who worked with us on the Leopard Project from November 2010 to May 2011. The time he spent with us, albeit brief was very pleasant and educational. He was passionate about the African wilderness and was very professional in his approach. During my work with him I learned a lot, beyond just survival in the bush, but a whole new perspective on life. With this, my condolences go out to his family.
A photo diary from Becky Walter, an AWF intern in the field. Click on any of the stunning images below to view it in full size.
"Near the end of my stay in the Kazungula Heartland, I went up in a helicopter above Victoria Falls. Having spent a lot of time on foot in the area, it was incredible seeing and making sense of the landscape from above."
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.