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Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust is pleased to announce the launch of the Kyambura Lion Monitoring Project. Starting in July 2023 the Kyambura wildlife monitoring team, led by Dr Alexander Braczkowski, will collect data for African lion, leopard and spotted hyena over a 3 month period in Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area using a network of vehicles, and remote camera traps. This new project aims to establish a science-based conservation program which supports the protection of Uganda’s carnivore populations and improves the livelihoods of local people living in and around the wildlife parks.
The launch of this project follows the 2023-2033 Uganda Wildlife Authority Strategic Action Plan workshop, held in Kampala in May 2023, where a number of key organisations and individuals engaged in carnivore conservation were brought together to develop a new long term management and conservation strategy.
Guests at Kyambura Gorge Lodge can participate in this project during their stay at the lodge by collecting survey data during game drives in the Queen Elizabeth National Park and then submitting this to the lodge wildlife team. Data is collected by recording GPS of the safari car, taking specific identification photos of lions spotted during the drive, and checking and retrieving photos from camera traps.
This project builds on the research and previous surveys conducted by Dr Alex and his team in Uganda since 2018. Read more here to find out about the science which underpins these surveys and be sure to watch the Disney Plus television show “Tree Climbing Lions” which shows the lion counting methods in action.
You can donate to the Kyambura Lion Monitoring Project via PayPal or for tax-deductible donations from US residents via Empowers Africa.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.