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

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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.  


Inspecting a site for the Muhokya Community Center!

Earlier today, we visited a potential site in Muhokya for the Community Center.  The community has been working hard to organize themselves for this venture, which is being made possible with the help of the docents of the Oakland Zoo in California.  Lots of work ahead! And today was an important start.



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.



Community Workshop

Today, Dr. Siefert, James, and Monica held a community workshop in Kasese, which was attended by eleven leaders from the Queen Elizabeth area.  The goal was to have an open discussion on the problems the local communities face with wildlife and to design a plan on how to collaborate in the future.  We had representation from the villages of Katwe, Nyakatonzi, Muhokya, Kilembe, Kabukyero, and Hamukungu.  We also had a wide representation of livelihoods, including pastoralists, farmers, teachers, students, businessmen, and a member of the local Women’s League. 

Over the course of four hours, we exchanged the challenges and opportunities each of us faces and also our hopes for the future.  We left with a strong plan on how to move forward…together!