Investigating the Uganda Sitatunga’s Habitat

“Well-regulated hunting can provide crucial funds for conservation, especially in areas seldom visited by tourists. However, sustainable harvest management requires knowledge about populations and habitat.” – Camille Warbington. University of Alberta. The sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii) is often referred to as Africa’s only amphibious antelope. Hunters are faced with a tough challenge in pursuing sitatunga in …

Ground-Breaking Hippo Research in Tanzania’s Ruaha River

Few species are as evocative of Africa as the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious). Entirely dependent on healthy aquatic ecosystems, hippos were once widespread in every freshwater system in sub-Saharan Africa. But in recent years some hippo populations have gone into decline, largely as a result of changes to their habitat. Tanzania’s Great Ruaha River is the …

Water Key for Tanzania’s Hippos and Ruaha Ecosystem

On Tuesday people around the globe celebrated World Water Day – a day designated by the United Nations as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of water to the health of humans and the environment. By Dr. Douglas McCauley, University of California Santa Barbara Hippopotamus have an obligate dependence on water – that is …

Saint Patrick’s Day: Ireland’s Conservation Structure

Legend has it that St. Patrick drove out all the snakes in Ireland sometime during the 5th century. However, we now know this myth to be just that, a myth. Snakes are limited by the open ocean between mainland Europe and Ireland, making any natural migration impossible. The cold-blooded crawlers would have also frozen when …