“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!

Saturday
Feb022013

Community hosts first tourists!

Last weekend, the community welcomed its first group of visitors to its new ecotourism initiatives.  There were songs, dancing, and crafts, as well as a discussion with the tourists on the history of the park and local communities.  The tourists had a great time and learned a lot.  The community members were very pleased with how their first tourist visit went and are looking forward to hosting more tourists in the near future.  

This is a big step in our goal of establishing the Community Resource Center.  To learn how you can visit the community now, and for more information on what our plans are for the future, please click here.

 

Monday
Jan142013

Lots of lion cubs!

There are now close to 40 lion cubs throughout the area that we monitor.  That means lots of busy lioness moms.  Cub mortality can be high, however.  ~50% of cubs die due to natural selection and many more die as a result of illegal human activity.  We are working hard to sensitive and educate the communities to the presence of the lions, so that we can reduce the number of cubs, and adults, who die as a result of poisoning.

Monday
Jan072013

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.

Sunday
Dec162012

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. 


Thursday
Jul192012

Finally caught a glimpse of leopardess Kim's cub

James took a group of tourists out this morning in search of leopardess Kim, who is one of the carnivores we monitor.  James was finally able to catch a glipse of her ~one-year-old male cub, as the cub rushed into a nearby thicket.  Kim was nearby up in an acacia tree.

Here is our first picture of Kim's cub: