Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS) is located at the edge of Kibale National Park in western Uganda, near the foothills of the famous Rwenzori Mountains National Park. The park measures 795 km2and consists of a variety of ecosystem and vegetation types including the mature, mid-altitude, moist semi-deciduous and evergreen forest (57%), colonizing forest (19%), grassland (15%), woodland (4%), lakes and wetlands (2%), and plantations of exotic trees (mainly C. lusitanica, Pinusspp. and Eucalyptus spp.)(1%).
Kibale was first gazetted a forest reserve in 1932 with a management objective of providing a sustained production of hardwood timber. Consequently trees over 1.52 m in girth were subject to a polycyclic harvesting cycle of 70 yearswhere it was recommended that harvesting opens the canopy by approximately 50%(Kingston, 1967). As can be imagined, this history of harvesting led to varying degrees of disturbance among forest sites and consequently variety in the biological diversity supported as indicated in our checklists. The forest, along with five other forests, received National Park status in 1993 and changed name from Kibale Forest Reserve to Kibale National Park. The park is surrounded by a multi-ethnic community with a rich heritage formed mostly as a result of long-term interaction with the forest resources and forest management regimes.
As such, MUBFS provides a unique environment for studies into nature and human-nature interactions. You are welcome to Kibale for research (short, medium, long term), field course, and cinematography among others. You can learn more about our facilities here
Makerere University Biological Field Station is committed to undertaking and providing opportunities for high quality, multi-disciplinary research and education in tropical ecosystems, with the underlying objective of contributing to the conservation and development needs of Kibale National Park and its surrounding ecological and human communities.