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

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Leopard Village hosts “Friends of Queen” November meeting

“Friends of Queen” – a consortium of businesses and individuals committed to the conservation of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park – held their November meeting at Leopard Village.  It was a great opportunity for the community members we work with to show the Leopard Village tourism site to area lodge owners, tour operators, Uganda Wildlife Authority wardens and rangers, and local business development leaders. 

Before the bi-monthly FoQ business meeting commenced, the community led the FoQ members on a tour of the site and then performed a selection of traditional dances.  We hope this helps promote Leopard Village as an authentic cultural and wildlife conservation ecotourism site to visitors to Queen Elizabeth.  

If you’d like to visit Leopard Village and support our community-run, socio-economic development project, please contact us so that we can help you arrange a visit!

Thursday
Sep052013

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.  

Saturday
Apr202013

Opening Day of Leopard Village!

Today we celebrated the opening of Leopard Village with the villages of Muhokya, Kahendero, and Hamukungu!

It was a truly festive and inspiring day of speeches by local leaders, traditional songs and dances by many school children and cultural groups, and a fitting ending with a celebration of roasted goat on wooden skewers. Community members toured the completed site, watched the performances, and celebrated all they had accomplished the past few months.

Below are some pictures of Opening Day.  You can see more pictures by clicking here

And remember that if you are traveling to Queen Elizabeth, please visit Leopard Village and support the communities’ efforts on human-wildlife coexistence.  You can read more about Leopard Village here.

Thank you to the community members, local leaders, and all of our partners for making “Leopard Village” a dream that came true!