New Trip Report – Uganda
Happy new year everyone. I have a few reports to upload and will do so over the coming days.
Here’s the first one, from Richard Webb
Uganda, 2014: 2 weeks & 50 species including Uganda Crested Mangabey, Marsh Mongoose, Forest Elephant, African Palm Civet and 5 Galago species.
Thanks Vladimir. I meant to add a note re this. As you say there is a broad zone of uncertainty and MoA treats the eastern range of cyclotis as further west than Uganda. However there is a recent paper, I will try to find the reference, that suggests the range actually extends into Western Uganda. Not that it means much but the Kibale animals are small and do look far more like the Forest Elephants of Gabon and to be honest even the Pygmy elephants of Borneo than Savanna Elephants. Richard
I’ve only seen one elephant in Kibale. It was rather smallish, but it had savanna-type ears, just like on this photo, also said to be from Kibale: http://www.pumbatours.com/assets/Kibale%20elephant.jpg
The one I saw didn’t have tusks, but the one on the photo has strongly curved tusks, also typical of savanna elephants.
So I didn’t list it as cyclotis. Still haven’t seen a certain one 🙁
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Nice trip! But I don’t think there are forest elephants in Uganda. The eastern limit is uncertain as there is a broad intergradation zone, but Kibale elephants are typical savanna elephants, even if they live in a forest.