Uganda Trip Report Jan 2021
Finally, I managed to complete my Uganda trip report:
Holy shit it’s long – But that’s because I want to put out as much info as I can for whoever is interested in visiting, as the country is so diverse!
One note – Alex Meyer will make his own complementary report/photo guide, as his pictures are all way better than mine. I included some of my own pics and some of his…
**Update – I made some changes regarding the CTC based on what we found out here.
Very nice report with some cool pictures !
Glad to hear you could visit the country during these covid days.
Indeed Semuliki is a nice area and you were morte lucky than us for the DeBrazza monkey. We actually presumably saw a Pousarge mongoose at the Semuliki safari lodge (see my trip report) but not 100% sure…
Impressive list of primates and very nice observation and pics of the Palm civet
Great write-up. That’s quite a tome you’ve written there, err, Tomer. I’ve always thought Uganda is very underrated when it comes to mammal watching. The massively different habitat types means that it has a really diverse array of mammal species, many of which are not too hard to find. The Queen Elizabeth mammal list is staggering – probably one of the largest mammal lists for any National Park in the world.
Nice report Tomer,
But there are issues regarding the CTC of which you should be aware. Thomas Price pays local guys $500 per cat- locally, a significant sum- specifically to catch wild golden cats with dogs and nets. He says their forest habitat is disappearing around the Mpigi area and thus claims to be ‘rescuing’ them. Actually, he is driving demand, removing individuals from the wild forever, and certainly contributing to their decline. His motivation is to breed them, almost certainly so he can sell them to zoos and collectors.
Ditto the servals, bat-eared foxes etc which are also removed from wild populations in Uganda but he doesn’t claim their habitat is disappearing (he cant): he has them because he is a breeder/collector, these species are popular in the pet trade.
As far as I know, his operation is legal but he has been convicted previously of wildlife smuggling, see:
In my view, there is zero conservation value in the CTC, and travelers should be aware of the facts if they choose to visit.
The Galapagos iguanas at CTC – both Marine and Land Iguanas – are 100% smuggled animals as well, being smuggled from the Galapagos to Mali and then laundered through Price’s home-country of Switzerland as “captive-bred”, then he imports them to Uganda. He has on-sold them to Thailand and Japan. He has Crested Iguanas from Fiji as well, which are also laundered through Switzerland. The place is just a sham “conservation centre” owned by an animal smuggler.
Great report Tomer! Thanks for putting all the effort in to such a mega report. Really very useful for whoever goes next. And thanks to Alex for all the bat finding in particular. Super useful! Oh and get your camera fixed … imagine if that failure to focus had come when a golden cat jumped on an otter shrew?
Hi Tomer, I don’t know which type of camera you are using, but have you tried working with backbutton focus? It took me some time to get used to but now I don’t want anything else. It’s great when your focus keeps shifting and also makes it much easier to work on your composition in the field.
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Congrats on such a great trip Tomer. Thanks for posting such a detailed report. I love reading these.