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The Black Volta Project Print E-mail

The results indicate that Bui National Park contains diverse communities of many animal groups characteristic of both grasslands and forests. Because all of the forested areas are within the floodplain of the river, the hydroelectric project that aims to dam the river at Bui will completely destroy all the riverine forest habitat within the park. Prior to dam construction the area should be intensively surveyed by independent workers and steps taken to protect as many of the rare plants and animals as possible. In the meantime, Bui has very exciting potential to attract tourists because of the high probability of being able to view hippopotamus on the river. To this end tree houses were built along the river and publicity materials advertising the park have been prepared.

1. List of Members
2. Introduction, Climate, Details of Study Areas, Maps
3. Estimating the Hippopotamus Population in Bui National Park
4. Notes on the Nile Monitor Lizard, Varanus niloticus
5. Dragonfly Biodiversity in Ghana
6. Notes on Fishes of the Black Volta
7. Notes on the Rodents of Bui National Park
8. Bats at Bui National Park and Shai Hills
9. Notes on Reptiles found at Bui National Park
10. Reptiles at Shai Hills Reserve
11. Butterflies from Bui National Park
12. Birds known from Bui National Park
13. Notes on Other Animals Observed at Bui National Park
14. Twi and Banda Names for Animals
15. Park Development
16: Vegetation Survey
17. Unsuccesful Projects 1
18. Logistics
18.1 Personnel
18.2 Maps
18.3 Transport
18.4 Water and Food
18.5 Science
18.6 Health and Safety
19. Time Account
20: Financial Account
21: Conclusions and Recommendations for Further Work Ten High Priority Projects in Bui National Park
22. Thanks:
23. Summary of the Black Volta Expedition by Malcolm Goth

1. List of Members
Daniel Abdulai (Ghana Wildlife Department)
Samuel Kwasi Addae (Ghana Wildlife Department)
Francis Adie (cameraman)
Francis Kwaku Agbo (Cape Coast University)
Stanley Aglah (Cape Coast University)
Fidelis Agya (Ghana Wildlife Department)
Baturi Ali (animal tracking)
Joyce Amanenyor (cook)
Mildred Amofa (Cape Coast University)
Harwell Asorwoe (Cape Coast University)
Brian Basuglo (Ghana Wildlife Department)
Wahabo Belu (animal tracking)
Daniel Bennett (Aberdeen University)
Mahama Blubasi (Ghana Wildlife Department)
Frank Nana Bonsu (Ghana Wildlife Department)
Emmanuel Danquah(Cape Coast University)
Sammy Appiagyei Danquah (Cape Coast University)
Kealan Doyle (Aberdeen University)
Murray Doyle (Strathclyde University)
Peter Dzobo (fisherman)
Besan Dzobo (fisherman)
Fovi Dzobo (fisherman)
Maxwell Gbadago (fisherman)
Cynthia Gboger (cook)
Malcolm Goth (Leeds University)
Nicky Green (Manchester University)
Marjo Helle (Aberdeen University)
Moses Komoah (Ghana Wildlife Department)
Ken Maher (Aberdeen University)
Samson Fogor Mangu (camp maintenance)
Solomon Yaw Manu (UST, Kumasi)
Greg O’Neill (University of Puget Sound)
Roger Nolan (Aberdeen University)
Frank Nsiah (Ghana Wildlife Department)
Eric Nyamaa (Ghana Wildlife Department)
James Agyei Ohemena (Ghana Wildlife Department)
Vinciane Sacre (Aberdeen University)
Samuel (animal tracker)
Simone (animal tracker)
Rebecca Stocker (Point Defiance Zoo)
James Tanleik (Ghana Wildlife Department)



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Bye Bye Butaan


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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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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