Sunday, April 2, 2017

Faces of Uganda

The African buffalo


The African buffalo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large African bovine. It is not closely related to the slightly larger wild water buffalo of Asia and its ancestry remains unclear.

© Guy Smith

Friday, March 24, 2017

Praying Mantis

In my garden


A praying mantis egg case was spotted under the railing on my front porch, here are a few pictures of the little fellows.





Vervet Monkey

Uganda Wildlife

Lake Mburo Camp

Vervets are highly social animals, and occur in well organised troops, dominated by males. Females do not leave their natal group, but males emigrate from the troop at puberty. Access to prime food recourses is determined by the dominance hierarchy.




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Warthogs

Wildlife of Uganda


Warthogs are members of the same family as domestic pigs, but present a much different appearance. These sturdy hogs are not among the world's most aesthetically pleasing animals—their large, flat heads are covered with "warts," which are actually protective bumps. Warthogs also sport four sharp tusks. They are mostly bald, but they do have some sparse hair and a thicker mane on their backs.





Thursday, March 16, 2017

African buffalo

Wildlife of Uganda

Lake Mburo National Park


I will be spending a few days in Lake Mburo NP. I have a little work to do here and then I hope to do some birding and animal watching. These buffalo greeted me as I was entering the park, a good start to what I hope will be a great visit.

The African buffalo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large African bovine. It is not closely related to the slightly larger wild water buffalo of Asia and its ancestry remains unclear. Syncerus caffer caffer, the Cape buffalo, is the typical subspecies, and the largest one, found in South and East Africa. S. c. nanus (African forest buffalo) is the smallest subspecies, common in forest areas of Central and West Africa, while S. c. brachyceros is in West Africa and S. c. aequinoctialis is in the savannas of Central Africa. The adult buffalo's horns are its characteristic feature; they have fused bases, forming a continuous bone shield across the top of the head referred to as a "boss". They are widely regarded as very dangerous animals, as they gore and kill over 200 people every year.

The African buffalo is not an ancestor of domestic cattle and is only distantly related to other larger bovines. Owing to its unpredictable nature, which makes it highly dangerous to humans, the African buffalo has never been domesticated, unlike its Asian counterpart, the water buffalo. Other than humans, African Cape buffaloes have few predators aside from lions and large crocodiles, and are capable of defending themselves. Being a member of the big five game, the Cape buffalo is a sought-after trophy in hunting.


Oxpeckers having a field day with this buffalo




Monday, March 6, 2017

Gorilla trekking on your front porch

Wildlife of Uganda


A very happy and surprised visitor at Engagi Lodge - Bwindi was sitting on the front porch of his cabin when some gorillas came by to pay him a visit. It wasn't long before the park rangers came to slowly headed them back to the forest that borders the lodge.

© Guy Smith

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Buffalo

Wildlife of Uganda


African buffalo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer)




Impala

Wildlife of Uganda


Impala at Lake Mburo National Park



Friday, February 24, 2017

Zebra

Wildlife of Uganda


Zebra at Lake Mburo National Park




Gorillas visit Engagi Lodge

Wildlife of Uganda


The gorillas visit Engagi Lodge. This is the silverback looking at us through the dinning window.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mountain gorillas

Wildlife of Uganda


Gorillas at Engagi Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Vervet monkeys

Wildlife of Uganda

The vervet monkey, or simply vervet, is an Old World monkey of the family Cercopithecidae native to Africa. The term "vervet" is also used to refer to all the members of the genus Chlorocebus




Friday, February 17, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tree climbing lions

Wildlife of Uganda


Tree climbing lion at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha sector



Elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wildlife of Uganda


 Despite the widespread decline of elephants across Africa in recent years, one nation has reported a rising population.  Elephants in Uganda have increased by 600 percent, to more than 5,000 individuals, from a low of 700 to 800 in the 1980s, reports a survey in May by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Great Elephant Census, and the Uganda Wildlife Authority. More