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Lion Karli's radio collar removal

We recently removed the radio collar from young male lion Karli, who has moved too far for us to monitor regularly.  


Karli initially lived in the area between the Main Kabatoro park gate, Katunguru park gate, and Mweya Peninsula.  
However, he has since crossed the Kazinga channel.  He most likely did this by swimming across it since the only other way is via a narrow, very heavily trafficked bridge next to a busy village.  Swimming across the channel is also very risky, since hippos and crocodiles inhabit it.  


He is now living in a steep, thorny, bushy area along the channel that is impossible to reach with our vehicle or safely on foot.  The only way to track his movements is via boat, and we don’t have regular access to one since it is so costly.  


Karli likely moved across the channel in order to avoid the dominant coalition of three males (Papa, Rudi & Omukama). Those three males frequently patrol the entire northern sector of the park.  One reason they do this is to push younger male lions out of the area so that they don’t mate with their females. Karli has no chance against them, unless he is able to form a coalition of his own with other young males and attempt a take-over!


Karli was in fairly good condition when we tranquilized him to remove the collar.  This means he’s adapted well to hunting in a closed, riverine thicket habitat (like a tiger would!).


We will redeploy the collar for use on an animal we are able to reach more easily.


We will also keep our eyes open for Karli, to see if he ever moves back across the channel!


James tracking lion Karli via boat along the Kazinga Channel.Location where we tracked lion Karli and tranquilized him to remove his radio collar.Lion Karli's new home range across the Kazinga Channel.

Some photos taken of Karli while he was tranquilized to remove the collar:


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.  

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.


New male lion collared - "Nubi"

A male lion was collared today.  His name is "Nubi".  He can be found in the Katwe crater area, which is one of the conflict hotspots, since livestock are often grazed in this area.  Lioness Fiona and her cubs are nearby this area as well.  We will monitor their health and also any interactions there may be with humans and their cattle.


Rain makes lion monitoring very difficult

The heavy rains lately have made lion monitoring very difficult.  James got stuck in mud today and fortunately some tourists were around to help pull him out.