Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in the Kazinga Channel
African buffalo (Syncerus caffer). Locally known as Jobi (Luo), Nyati (Swahili), Embogo (Luganda), or Ekosobwan (Ateso)
Cape buffalo and hippo in the Kazinga channel
Cape buffalo approach on the savanna
Male African cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Male cape buffalo with head raised
African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), egrets, and Uganda kob on the savanna
Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in QENP
Cape buffalo in the Kazinga Channel
Cape buffalo feeding on reeds in the Kazinga Channel
Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in the water on the edge of the Kazinga Channel
African buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Hippo, elephants, and buffalo in the same frame
On the fence about wildlife fencing: new paper outlines research needed to resolve debate
Fencing is used to protect wildlife against poaching and human encroachment, and also to protect people and livestock from wildlife. As a conservation strategy, it has proponents as well as detractors. A recent paper by a team of 45 international researchers in the Journal of Applied Ecology questions the wisdom of erecting wildlife fencing in dryland ecosystems. It also seeks to ease decision-making on fencing initiatives by setting a research agenda to answer open questions that will help resolve the debate.
Photo essay: Polluted, overfished, and choked by weeds, world's second-largest lake is 'on its knees'
Lake Victoria is choking with pollution from industrial, agricultural, and human waste. Its problems are compounded by illegal fishing, catching of juvenile fish, and infestations of water hyacinth and the carnivorous Nile perch, which has wiped out many native fish species. Activists say lax law enforcement and a lack of political will are failing the lake, whose fisheries help feed nearly 22 million people.
Uganda's elephant population has risen 600% since its 1980s low
In the 1980s, Uganda's elephants looked like they were on their way to extinction. The country had only about 700-800 elephants left, all in a single park; poachers had exterminated the rest. But a new survey as a part of the Great Elephant Census has confirmed that Uganda is today a bright spot in the current ivory poaching crisis. The country has more than 5,000 elephants and growing.
Criticism of GAR and Wilmar African oil palm projects highlight global ‘no-deforestation' challenges
Despite high-profile no-deforestation policies, palm oil giants Golden Agri-Resources and Wilmar have attracted criticism recently over their projects in Africa, particularly regarding the correct implementation of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of affected communities. Some NGOs have suggested these persistent problems indicate no lessons have been learned from years of bad practice in Indonesia.
Pollinator collapse could lead to a rise in malnutrition
Saving the world's pollinators may be a public health issue, according to recent research. Scientists have long believed that pollinators are important for human nutrition, but this is first time they have tested the hypothesis. What they found is disturbing: pollinator collapse could increase nutrient deficiency across local populations by a up to 56 percent in four developing counties.
Adorbs: scientists capture first photos of African golden cat kittens
The African golden cat is arguably the continent's least known feline, inhabiting dense tropical forests, almost never seen, and, of course, long-upstaged by Africa's famous felines. But a few intrepid scientists are beginning to uncover the long-unknown lives of these wild cats. Researchers working in Uganda's Kibale National Park have captured remarkable photos of African golden cats...with kittens.
Forest restoration commitments: driven by science or politics?
During September's UN Climate Summit, three African nations were recognized for their commitments to restore collectively millions of hectares of forest. But several organizations declined invitations to sign the pact because they say it fails to lay out “concrete action” to fight climate change, and some experts in the field worry that the announcements are little more than political posturing.
Four countries pledge to restore 30 million hectares of degraded lands at UN Summit
In 2011, Germany and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature launched the Bonn Challenge, which pledged to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020. Several countries have already made commitments—including the U.S.—but this week at the UN Climate Summit four more jumped on board.
Running to reforest: communities, NGOs work to save Ugandan reserve in the midst of massive deforestation
Stung by massive loss of forest cover in Bugoma central forest reserve, part of a vast chimpanzee habitat in the western part of Uganda, seven private local and international organizations in the east African country have joined hands to raise awareness of forest issues and money for reforestation efforts -- by launching a conservation-themed quarter-marathon.
The last best place no more: massive deforestation destroying prime chimp habitat in Uganda
The Kafu River, which is about 180 kilometers (110 miles) long, is part of a vast chimpanzee habitat that includes forest reserves and several unofficial protected areas. However, this region of Uganda is losing a significant portion of valuable chimpanzee habitat, and at least 20 percent of the forest cover along the Kafu River has disappeared since 2001.