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Bui Hippo Project
Hippos of the Black Volta River Print E-mail
ImageThe hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) is considered widespread and secure by the IUCN (Eltringham in Oliver 1993). However populations in West Africa have been in decline for at least a hundred years and only 7,000 animals are thought to be left in the entire subcontinent, compared with 150,000 animals in Eastern and Southern Africa.
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Monitors of the Black Volta Print E-mail
There are two monitor lizards in Bui National Park, the Nile monitor Varanus niloticus and Bosc's monitor Varanus exathematicus. In Ghana the Nile monitor is completely protected by law. Bosc's monitor is not protected and many of them are caught each year to be shipped to the USA and Europe for the pet trade.
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Birds of Bui, Black Volta, Ghana Print E-mail
We are very grateful to Leo Mastromatteo for adding substantially to this list of birds seen within the National Park between 1996 and 1997.
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Dragonflies of Bui National Park Print E-mail

Oh what dragonflies

 

 

 

 
Bats of Bui National Park Print E-mail
Batty Bui Bats Better Build Boats
 
Mammals of Bui National Park Print E-mail
Alas no tigers
 
Mampam of Bui National Park Print E-mail
Mampam might make many more mates maybe mighty muddy at Bui National Park
 
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Bye Bye Butaan

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Butaan start to visit fruiting trees before they are large enough to swallow the fruits. They make repeat journeys to trees, perhaps to reinforce memory of the position of the tree. If the youngster survives it may continue to use this tree for many decades. Fruiting trees like this are a vital resource for entire populations of butaan. Learn more >


 
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Varanus bitatawa

Varanus bitatawa is the third species of  monitor lizard to be recognised by science that belongs to the "Pandan Biawak" group,  all of which are of at least as great a conservation concern as the Komodo dragon, but receive virtually none of the attention. Pandan Biawak occur only in lowland dipterocarp forest. The first species (Varanus olivaceus or Butaan) was discovered in 1845 and not seen alive by a scientist until the late 1970s. The next species (Varanus mabitang or Mabitang) was discovered in 2001 and in 2010 Varanus bitatawa (Butikaw or Bitatawa) was described. Other species of frugivorous monitor lizards may remain undescribed, but many may have  gone extinct without ever having been recognised.

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