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Wildlife Crime

October 30, 2013

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I recently listened to an interview on the radio by two conservation activists talking about the state of wildlife trafficking globally. It made depressing listening. High on the agenda was the issue of ivory and the butchery that’s involved in removing tusks from elephants. One of the interviewees said to the presenter, “imagine having your […]

The National Tree Seed Centre – Day 88

May 30, 2012

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  Ten kilometres outside of Kampala’s city centre is the National Tree Seed Centre. It’s a plot of land set just off Jinja Road, its location is somewhat out-of-place along the busy main artery towards Jinja and Kenya. The variety of seeds found here are many, but my interest is in one seed in particular […]

Masindi Prison – Day 76

May 18, 2012

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The door to Masindi Prison is grey, heavy and made of steel. I lifted the door knocker outside and banged hard, after a few seconds I heard the jangling of keys and the sound of a bolt sliding across a latch. The door swung open to reveal a smartly dressed guard wearing a red beret […]

The Cutter – Day 72

May 14, 2012

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Kalegeja is only 4km from Biiso. The road there is quiet and discreet and the village is tiny. Everyone knows everything about each other and the accepted practice of pit-sawing is seen as one man’s way of overcoming poverty and providing for his family. The Budongo Forest is on their doorstep, and the reserve is […]

Fish and Chimps – days 66 to 68 continued….

May 12, 2012

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When I started this study I was curious to find out what factors could be affecting the well-being and indeed the long-term survival of wild chimps in the Budongo Forest. I had no idea how many complex layers I would uncover in the process of probing and I’ve also come to realise there is a […]

Jasonga – Day 41

April 18, 2012

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It’s taken a while but I’ve finally had my first encounter with a pit-sawyer. It wasn’t hostile so I wasn’t chased out of the forest by people brandishing spears (stop panicking Mum and Dad!!). It was in fact instigated by me and the man I questioned is retired and pushing 70. They call him Jasonga […]

Interviews – Day 37

April 11, 2012

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My interview with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) didn’t happen on the day I had scheduled it. Bad weather, the Easter break and lack of transportation meant it had to be postponed. But when I did finally catch up with the officer in question I was mildly surprised by how refreshingly honest he was. He […]

Row row row your boat – Day 24

April 1, 2012

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Up until now I have had no evidence other than hearsay (albeit reliable hearsay) that Cordia was being logged to fuel the boat/canoe building trade. Today I came across more pit sawing sites in N5 and in one of them we found an oar. It must have been about 15 foot in length.   These […]

UN pledges better law enforcement but gorillas still being slaughtered

April 24, 2011

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Less than a month after the United Nations pledged to enforce stricter laws to protect gorillas, these endangered primates are still being butchered by illegal traffickers. Two hunters  arrested in the Ngombe forest in the Republic of Congo were jailed last week; sentenced to a year and order to pay fines of more than £1500. Their […]

Researchers create a road map for African sanctuaries

March 19, 2011

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The influx of chimpanzees being taken in by African sanctuaries and rescue centres shows no sign of letting up. Despite the tireless efforts of conservationists and scientists to safeguard these apes in the wild, many new arrivals share a common bond, they are the by-products of either the illegal bushmeat trade or pet trade. Adult […]