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Stories & Experiences

ITFC stories is a collection of the fondest memories and experiences of all the various people who have been at the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation throughout the years.

Aleper Daniel Knox

"It is long since I was in Bwindi last, I hope to return there again one day. I got diverted from small mammals from the forest to those from savannah and am now studying elephants, trees and bush fire in North-Eastern Uganda.

What I did in Bwindi at ITFC is the marking/tagging at 100m interval of the trail from Ruhija, starting below the  ITFC Director's house (1992) across the forest through Mubwindi swamp to Nteko, then to Buhoma.             

Bob Drewes

I first visited IFCP (the Impenetrable Forest Conservation Project - as it was known then) in 1990 at the invitation of Tom Butynski and Jan Kalina who were running the project at the time. This was before the forest was gazette as a National Park. On the recce, I was accompanied by an old friend from Kenya, John Miskell and the ornithologist John Ashe. Together, I think they eventually wrote the birds of Somalia.


My best times at ITFC are the get-together parties we used to attend that involved various stakeholders such as UWA, CARE & IGCP. These parties would be organized at the park headquarters in Buhoma where all BMCA stakeholders informally met over lunch, dinner and drinks. It was one of the best ways the working relationships between BMCA stakeholders was enhanced. One such party that comes to my mind is the end of year party in 1995 held at Buhoma, it was well attended and involved peacecorp volunteers, CARE, ITFC, IGCP and all UWA staff. 

John Berry

Although I have moved into a very different field – working in marine chemistry, and chasing new molecules from the sea, these days – I will always have fond memories of my days following the Bwindi gorillas (and collecting their food plants and poo). I do even still get the occasional inquiry about Aframomum and gorillas.

Ian Lacey

The excitement and expectations of my research project leading up to my arrival at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) were realised the moment I passed through Ndego Gate on the park’s south-eastern edge and made my way to ITFC. I had been told many stories of southwest Uganda, its people and landscape in the preceding months by classmates and was extremely happy to have arrived at a place I could call home for the next 2 weeks.