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Top birds for birdwatchers in Uganda

By Evelyn Masaba From the savannahs of the Kidepo to the deep forests of the Mabira right through the impenetrable Bwindi forest and to the top of Wagagai, the variety of bird species in Uganda is undeniable. Located within the tropics, Uganda has one of the most conducive weather for bird habitation, making it easy for several species to thrive ...

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AWF boss: Investment and conservation are not strange bedfellows

By Our Reporter As large businesses continue to set up in Africa, fragile ecosystems are likely to be depleted if investors and policy makers do not adequately consider the value of ecosystems in their investment decisions. “To create real economic development that benefits all people in Africa, the sustainability of ecosystems on which the global economy depends must be guaranteed. ...

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What you didn’t know about the African lion

By Evelyn Masaba Uganda has over 500 lions, also known as Panthera Leo, living in the country’s national parks and reserves, including Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth national park, among several others. Queen Elizabeth National Park is known to have the biggest number of lions which are also famous for their tree climbing antics. Do you think you know a ...

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Rwanda hosts first conservation and tourism exhibition

The first Kwita Izina Conservation and Tourism Exhibition kicked off in Kigali on August 27, with Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Zimbabwe represented by both private and public sectors and development partners. Organised in line with the 12th Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming ceremony, the exhibition is taking place at the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village where local, regional and ...

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Getting up close and personal with Uganda’s chimpanzees

By Doreen Khasalamwa From the spectacular mountains to the rivers, lakes, wildlife, lash wilderness, thick misty forests, and to the friendly faces, Uganda truly deserves to be referred to as the pearl of Africa. Sure, the country is endowed with every bit of Africa’s tourist resources. Uganda is home to many things: the rare mountain gorillas, Africa’s longest river, and ...

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Giving back to the community: RDB unveils Rwf55.8 million Kanyove school project

By Joseph Oindo For Eversiste Hakizimana, August 19, 2016, came as a blessing. Having schooled at Kanyove Primary School from 2007 to 2010, from where he qualified to join secondary school, this date was a stark reminder of where he has come from and his optimism that his children are not going to lead the same life he went through ...

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Have you been to the reptile village?

By Evelyn Masaba There is a little place hidden straight off the Kampala-Entebbe highway that only the brave dare go to, a place filled with things that the brave love frolicking with. With lush green gardens, you will not expect to be jumped at by something that has been supposedly man’s enemy for generations. It is the Uganda Reptile Village, ...

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It’s World Elephant Day: Interesting facts you need to know about these vulnerable animals

By Evelyn Masaba The African elephant is the largest existing land animal in the world, which makes them very easy to sight in the many animal reserves and national parks that they can be found. In Uganda, you will find several of these elephants in national parks such as Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi, while in Rwanda they can be ...

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The never-ending war against deforestation

By Evelyn Masaba Over the years, the thick vegetation that used to cover the countryside of Uganda has gone down by almost 50 per cent. Every year, the country loses a huge chunk of forested land to encroachers, which has created an imbalance in the weather seasons that Uganda experiences throughout the year. Of course there are several reasons that ...

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Rwanda offers model in wildlife conservation

By Gilbert Mwijuke About a century ago, there were over one million rhinos and more than 10 million elephants in Africa. But today, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature estimates that only 25,000 rhinos and 470,000 elephants still roam the continent’s savannahs, thanks primarily to poaching. For many years now, African governments have struggled to combat wildlife poaching. ...

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