My name is Alister Mungai and I am the Programme Assistant for IGCP. After ICCN (the Congo government’s national park and nature conservation authority) officially reopened the Mikeno sector of Virunga National Park for tourism on May 1st, IGCP was invited to train the rangers who would be involved in the handling of visitors. As rangers have not dealt with tourists for an extended period of time due to conflict and insecurity in the region, this workshop was vital to help get them back on track. Our team of four IGCP staff (Dr.
Some of you had asked about the number of lions in our study area, sorry for the long silence on this - I thought I would wait for the series on human-lion conflict to complete, but it appears that will carry on for a while. As we wait for results on the chemical analysis to determine the type of poison used to target predators, I wanted to introduce you to lion prides that we have followed regularly over the past five years.
I apologise for the long pause in posting a blog. I have temporarily left the study site to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Conservation Practice offered by the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and funded by the Panthera Foundation. WildCRU is a unit of the Department of Zoology and is led by Professor David Macdonald. The unit is based in Tubney at the Tubney House, located in the countryside of Oxfordshire approximately 16 kilometres outside the Oxford city centre.
Nowadays, there is a growing consensus in the scientific community that climate change is occurring and is one of many possible causes of biodiversity loss. Changes in climate can impact biodiversity either directly or indirectly through many different mechanisms. Having a clear understanding of the exact impact of these mechanisms is crucial from the perspective of evaluating potential management actions. IGCP is on the frontlines of this rapidly growing science, and we have already initiated a program to document these potential changes in the Virunga-Bwindi landscape, the sole home of the mountain gorilla.
The last time I wrote was to highlight the exciting news of the AWF-led delegation that came to visit the Lomako Forest and tour the Lomako Conservation Science Centre.
Today, I am writing with much sadder news that I know all who came to visit will also grieve over – our experienced tracker and chief of all trackers Papa Bosco Ikwa Nyamalolo died suddenly but peacefully in his native village of Bokoli on Thursday 30 April.