“Leopard Village”: Community Ecotourism & Resource Center in Muhokya

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Uganda Carnivore Program @ Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco

This past Saturday, the Uganda Carnivore Program was an Associate exhibitor at the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco.

We had a great time sharing information about our research and community conservation work with the many attendees of the exposition.  We also sold lots of the crafts that the community we work with on Leopard Village makes - all proceeds will go back into community conservation activities.  Thanks to our San Francisco area friends Cindy, Cherie, Ferne, Jen, and Jereld who helped Monica and Carol talk to the many visitors to our table!


Unser gemeinsamer Dank dem Foerderkreis fuer Ugandas Tierwelt!

Danke insbesondere fuer die grosszuegige Ersatzteil- und Monitoringausstattungsspende! In Partnerschaft und unter Mithilfe von FUT koennen wir generell unsere Dienstleistungen zum Wohl  von Gemeinden und Wildtieren in und um den Queen Elizabeth Nationalpark entschieden verbessern und insbesondere Konflikte loesen helfen.
Wir und die betroffenen Gemeinden bedanken uns sehr herzlich fuer diese Hilfe!  Dr. Dieter Speidel und Dr. Hans Wirth gebuehrt unser besonderer Dank.
Thank you to Förderkreis für Ugandas Tierwelt!
Thank you to Förderkreis für Ugandas Tierwelt  ("Friends of Uganda Wildlife") for their very generous donation of much-needed vehicle spare parts and carnivore monitoring equipment.
Förderkreis für Ugandas Tierwelt’s partnership and support will help us continue our services to the human and wildlife communities of Queen Elizabeth National Park in general and conflict mitigation in particular.  We, and the communities benefiting from those services, thank them very much for their generous gift!  Dr. Dieter Speidel and Dr. Hans Wirth deserve a special 'Thank You!' in particular for their support of our work.  

Hamukungu children tell us what they think about lions 


Work continues on predator-proofing kraals

We continue to work with community leaders in Hamukungu on their request for assistance on predator-proofing their kraals.  Thanks to our supporter Pam for providing funding for solar lights for the kraals and for solar torches. 

Our hope is that our efforts will protect both livestock and lions and improve human-carnivore coexistence in this village.


Management committee meetings for Leopard Village

We had several meetings with the community members involved in the management of Leopard Village.  During these meetings, we created a draft of the strategic management plan for this community-based initiative. 
The community’s vision statement, which is part of the strategic management plan, for Leopard Village is as follows:
To have sustainable, community driven development through our diverse indigenous heritage and cultural traditions as we co-exist with our wildlife and natural resources for a conducive livelihood and conflict free community.
The strategic management plan will help guide the community’s future activities and will be a good reference document for how the resource will be managed for the benefit of the entire community.  It was a tough process but we are all happy with the outcome and future direction.  


Anna gets a new collar!

We had not seen Anna for over a year and feared the worse.  However, one day while tracking Omukama, James saw her with him.  Very good to see her after so long!  It seems the battery in Anna’s collar had simply gone bad.  After tracking her for a few days and waiting for an optimum moment, we tranquilized her and put on a new collar. 

Anna’s territory is close to one of the park’s enclave villages.  One of her adult daughters and her offspring are usually with Anna.  Therefore, it’s important to monitor her movements in order to try to mitigate potential conflict with humans and their livestock. 

If you are able to help sponsor a lion monitoring patrol or a new collar, please consider donating.


2013 Wildlife Conservation Expo

If you will be in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 12, please consider attending the Wildlife Conservation Expo.  Dr. Jane Goodall is the keynote speaker, and there will be many other conservation speakers from all over the world.

The Uganda Carnivore Program will be a WCN Associate exhibitor at this year’s event. Monica will be at a table talking about the work UCP does, along with some of our friends and supporters.  We will also have some handicrafts for sale made by the local communities we work with.  All proceeds from the craft sales go back to community carnivore conservation.  So please stop by!

To purchase tickets to the Wildlife Conservation Expo, visit www.wildnet.org.

It will be a great day!



Nubi, Fiona, and cubs

As we were monitoring Nubi and Fiona in one of the conflict hotspot areas, we came across Fiona's cubs and Nubi in a tree.  

Fiona was a distance away napping under a different tree.  She eventually woke up and called for the cubs, who came running:


Busy summer with students

We have had a busy summer hosting and mentoring different groups of students, including a large group of veterinary students from the University of Saskatchewan and a few students pursuing masters of zoology degrees from Miami University Ohio’s Global Field Program. 

If you are interested in bringing a group of students from your university to study with us, please contact us.


The “Coalition of Three” exploring Mweya

The “Coalition of Three” males explored the Mweya Peninsula recently.   They are usually found in the Kasenyi area of the park. 

There are several younger lone male lions around Mweya.  With the strong “Coalition of Three” in the area, there was the risk that the younger lone males might be displaced into the outer areas of the park near human communities.  So, we very carefully monitored the movements of all the lions.

 However, it seems that the coalition have now completed their exploration of Mweya as they are currently back in Kasenyi.

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