Phase 3 Field research must also include Rwenzori Mountains National Park

6 Jul

Rwenzori Mountains near Fort Portal in Uganda

A lot has already been said in previous blogs about the need for the RFCG to conduct further field research work both at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda ( In essence Shelley’s crimsonwing finches have reportedly been seen at both National Parks ) . To date not much information has been shared with our followers about Rwenzori Mountains National Park ( RMNP )

The Rwenzori Mountain range, sometimes affectionately referred to as the mountains of the moon, is the highest mountain range in Africa and their loftiest peaks , Magherita ( 5109m) and Alexadra (5083m ) on Mount Stanley are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Kenya in Kenya, both of which are extinct volcanoes standing in isolation above the surrounding plains.
 
An important reason why the RFCG would like to conduct field research in the RMNP is that apparant sightings of the elusive Shelley’s crimsonwing  have also been recorded in this high altitude park in Uganda and unlike the other two national parks ( Bwindi and MGNP ) there are no mountain gorillas to be found at Rwenzori. The park ,which is 996 km2 in size, has some 177 bird species of which many of them are Albertine Rift Endemics . The park is situated in the north western part of Uganda along the Congolese border and some 320 km west of Kampala
 

The RFCG is currently raising money to finance its 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 onto the PayPal button below.

The Rare Finch Conservation Group is registered in South Africa 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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