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

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Saturday
Nov032012

California fundraiser for Muhokya Community Education Center

Tonight, the Docents of the Oakland Zoo, in Oakland, California, held “Beer for Beasts” - a fundraiser for the future Community Education Center to be located in Muhokya.  More than 100 people from the San Francisco Bay Area community showed their support of our conservation work with the communities in Uganda by donating, attending the event, and buying raffle tickets.  Monica spent a few minutes at the beginning of the night sharing the story of the people and wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park.  The event was a huge success!  Now our efforts turn to working with the local community in Uganda!

Wednesday
Oct102012

Community Attitudes Survey

We have commenced our first survey of community attitudes in the villages of Muhokya and Kahendero!  Designed by Monica, with input and review by Dr. Siefert and Peregrine, our goal is to use the information from this survey to target our conservation education outreach activities.  We will also use it as a baseline of community attitudes so that conservation program effectiveness can be measured over time.  James and Olivia have spent a lot of time interviewing the community members.  We thank the village leaders and community members themselves for their cooperation and support of this initiative and we are excited about our future collaborations with them on reducing human-wildlife conflict.