|Little Pansy (Junonia sophia), Kibale National Park, Uganda|
This image of a Herminia Glider (Cymothoe herminia) looks more like a
chalk pastel drawing than a photo.
|Black and white colobus monkey.|
A main “artery” road through the forest that provides access to many trails
|Black and white casqued hornbill.|
|Blue-headed agama lizard.|
|White-headed wood hoopoe.|
From my point of view elephants were active enough at any time of day, and more than once we abandoned work and left the forest upon finding signs of their close but unseen presence. The sounds of feeding, a pile of fresh warm dung, recently trampled vegetation – or the scent of an elephant, which Charles, but not I, could detect – were evidence that they were near. Though I never saw elephants in Kibale, they were always roaming through my head when I was in the forest.
On weekends, Richard, a former field assistant from the local community, was my guide.
|Richard is making a detour around elephant “potholes” (footprints) filled with water, as they can be quite mucky.|
|With all my slipping and sliding on wet trails, it was reassuring to see that elephants did the same.|
I am very grateful to Dr. David Tumusiime and Mr. Innocent Kato for welcoming me as a volunteer at the Makerere University Biological Field Station and for their hospitality and support during my stay from April 9 to June 19, 2019. Many others on the MUBFS staff and in the Kanyawara community helped me as well. I thank Nelson Guma of Uganda Wildlife Authority for expediting permission for me to reside and work in Kibale for that time period.It was a remarkable experience that I will always treasure. Thanks to Dr. Freerk Molleman, who kindly made available for download his Butterflies of Uganda: Kibale Forest (2012) and also identified some of my photos. Likewise, Dr. Sille Holm identified several moths and the family of a moth larva. I also consulted The Anglia Ruskin University guide to butterflies of Kibale Forest, Uganda, by Alvin J. Helden, Fabrizio Manco and Sophie Mowles, v.2 (2018); A Field Guide to the Butterflies of East Africa, by John G. Williams (1969); and the internet. Any errors in identification are my own.