The Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS) was established in 1970 by Dr. Thomas Struhsaker, from Duke University, USA. The original name of the field station was Kibale Forest Project. Dr Struhsaker ceased being an active researcher in Kibale in 1987, but before his departure, he arranged to hand over the project to Makerere University for its long-term survival, hence the name Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS).