Welcome to Budongo Conservation Field Station’s newly redesigned website. On this website you will find a wealth of information about the conservation activities and research opportunities at BCFS (formerly Budongo Forest Project).
Since its inception in 1990, BCFS has blended research and conservation to ensure sustainable management and utilisation of the Budongo Forest Reserve as a model for tropical rain forest management. In our new strategic plan we are aiming to continue generating world-class scientific research on primates as well as diversifying our research programme to encompass other biological taxa, and to use this information to support policy development, conservation action and sustainable resource management.
We welcome scientists and students from any institution to be part of this research programme. In addition, we plan to strengthen our community conservation programme by working with forest edge communities on projects aimed at improving their livelihoods while conserving the forest resource base. Among the conservation activities currently undertaken are environmental education for adults and school children, farm income generating activities that minimise dependence on forest resources, mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts and bush meat hunting.
We thank our partners led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland for their support to implement our strategic plan and we thank Oakland Zoo for their support for our snare removal and education programmes. To our many other supporters and donors we say thank you.
We welcome your comments and suggestions on how our website can serve you better.
Dr. Fred Babweteera
(RZSS Africa Coordinator).
- Arcus Foundation
- BCFS receives core funding from RZSS
(Royal Zoological Society of Scotland) to run the station, maintain the vehicles, and pay staff salaries.
- We receive funds from Oakland Zoo for our snare removal and community education programmes.
- Our primate research is funded by the BBSRC, Leverhulme Trust, Fyssen Foundation, Wenner Gren Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation, and European Research Council.
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Chimpanzee photos by Florian Moellers