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Hyderabad, AP, India
I used to be a bit of a drifter, still am partly, but life is getting more and more organized recently due to a special someone. I love playing and watching cricket, I have recently realised that I have a very big interest in wildlife and birding. I work for a blue chip company. I am well and truly blessed! No complaints there :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ngamba Island

I had recently gone to Kampala, Uganda to attend the AfriGIS conference. As part of this trip, I had the opportunity to travel to Ngamba Island (locally known as the Chimpanzee Island) through the good efforts of the friendly Dr. Lilian Pintea, from the Jane Goodall Institute. The Ngamba Island was established in 1998 as a program to care for orphaned chimpanzees or others removed from their natural habitat, and with no chance of survival back in the wild. You can read more about the island here.

For me, the highlight of the trip was not only the active chimps that we saw at the island, but the vast array of bird life that we noticed and the awesome 45 min boat ride across Lake Victoria to reach the island. The icing on the cake was the fact we crossed the equator twice over water! A few pictures from this trip . . .

The only bummer was the fact that I had gone on this trip without my 500mm lens and I missed a golden opportunity to record some quite colorful East African bird life. Hope there is another time I get to visit this beautiful Island . . .

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