Why we plan to also do field research work at the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda

6 Jun

The Virunga volcanoes . Photo taken from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest by Russell Kingston

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park ( MINP ) protects the northern slopes of three of the Virunga volcanoes, Muhuvura ( 4127 m ), Mgahinga ( 3474 m ) and Sabinya ( 3634 m ), at the southern limit of the Albertine Rift valley. The  National Park is not far from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and it is located in Uganda’s extreme south western corner on the borders of the DRC and Rwanda . Climbers reaching the summit of Mt. Sabinya can stand in all three countries at once .

The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest park in Uganda covering just 33.7 km, but its conservation value is increased by the adjoining Virunga NP in the DRC and Volcanoes NP in Rwanda . The world famous threatened Mountain Gorillas that are found in the area can roam freely into all three countries at any given time .

The reason why the RFCG has included the MGNP into its planned Phase 3 research work is because, not only is it a high altitude park , but both Benson Bamutura and Malcolm Wilson ( RFCG blog post s 20 March 2012 and 21 October 2010 respectively ) have reportedly seen the elusive Shelley’s crimson wing finch in this particular park . To date there are still only two known photographs in the world of this threatened finch ( RFCG Blog post 30 Jan 2011 ) and the big question is why has this finch suddenly become so rare ?

The RFCG is currently raising money to finance the planned Phase three research work up in Uganda . If you would like to make a donation to this worthy finch conservation project then simply click the PayPal button below.

The Rare Finch Conservation Group is registered as a non-profit organisation . It is totally dependent on donations and sponsorships for its future survival . For more information on this pioneering conservation group please contact editor@avitalk.co.za

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