The RFCG completes phase 2 of its field research work in Uganda

23 Sep

The Rare Finch Conservation Group recently completed phase two of its research fieldwork up in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  (BINP), Uganda. Netting was done over a 12 month period and a fund-raising documentary was also produced to help raise international awareness over the rarity of the Shelley’s crimsonwing finch  (Cryptospiza shelleyi). According to all the reference books, the elusive Shelley’s Crimsonwing finch has been seen in this incredibly scenic  tropical rainforest in the South Western part of Uganda .

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP)

The BINP is also home to 340 of the world’s critically endangered Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) and a lot of research work is currently being done on this particular ape species . The Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC: www.itfc.org), who are based in the tiny village of Ruhija on the edge of the forest, are our on the ground partners for this pioneering finch conservation project. Today, thanks to the early work done by Dian Fossey in the late 1960’s and the classic movie ” Gorillas in the Mist”, more is known about  the world’s last remaining 680 critically endangered Mountain Gorillas than is known about the tiny Shelley’s crimsonwing finch

The RFCG is planning to commence with Phase 3 research fieldwork which will again be done in the BINP area, but will now also include work in other high altitude parks, where the Shelley’s crimsonwings has supposedly  been seen. These parke include the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park as well as the Rwenzori National Park. Any person who may be able to help with photographic references or any field or captive breeding  information related to the species must please contact us at editor@avitalk.co.za . For more information about the fund raising video made on this project visit the media section on this blog .

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