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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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William Oliver

William Oliver. Champion of biodiversity and its students. So many of us benefited from his advice and expertise. What a character. RIP.

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The Butaan Project
The Butaan Project - Background and History
butaan2.jpgThe butaan was first described to science in 1845 from a juvenile specimen collected by Hugh Cuming. It was labelled only "Philippines". It was named Varanus grayi.  No other specimens came to light for over 120 years. In the 1970s Walter Auffenberg found another specimen with a location in Luzon, established that its correct scientific name was Varanus olivaceus, and undertook a 22 month study of the species based in Bicol. His study revealed that butaan occupy a unique ecological niche and have a lifestyle quite unlike any other monitor lizard. Auffenberg used local hunters with dogs to catch the animals. Of 126 butaan caught during his study, 116 animals were killed.
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