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Return to The Budongo Forest Reserve

June 28, 2014

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When I emailed my Ugandan friends from the conservation field station and told them I was coming back after two years they couldn’t believe it. I only had a small window to get to Budongo in western Uganda. Uncle Charlie and I have had a pretty mental travel schedule using various buses and staying probably […]

Back Across The Border

June 23, 2014

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The journey back to Uganda began very early. We decided to catch the first bus leaving at 0600 to try to hit Kampala at a reasonable hour. No wifi this time, smaller seats and lots of screaming babies for ten hours. Ah well the first experience was too good to be true. Crossing the border […]

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 […]

Getting from A to B – Days 69 and 70

May 12, 2012

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There are no official public taxis in Biiso that go to Masindi, even though it’s a major town. The local people here get around by using cars that masquerade as buses. And what I mean by that, is that if you decide to take one, you will be one of 9 people squeezed into a […]

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 […]

First Impressions – Day 60

May 6, 2012

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The road to Biiso is remarkably smooth. You notice when your teeth are no longer chattering driving along a Ugandan road. The potholes have been filled and the road flattened – it’s one of the main routes used by large oil trucks heading to Lake Albert. Our white pick-up truck cruised along speedily with Zephyr […]

Fish – Day 54

April 28, 2012

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Next week is my last at camp Budongo. I feel quite emotional about it. I love the surroundings, the staff; field assistants, the researchers and Mary’s cooking (chapatis just won’t taste the same elsewhere!). It will be hard to leave dry-eyed even for a cynical old boot like me. Nine weeks have vanished, but I […]