The objectives of Kibale Forest Project were Research, Conservation and Education. These are still upheld up to the present. As research progressed, it was found necessary to undertake some outreach activities. An outreach program was initiated to:
- teach conservation to the local communities through schools, workshops and other formal gatherings and;
- distribute tree seeds and seedlings to encourage people to grow their own trees.
On the conservation front, Kibale Forest Project helped the Forest Department in patrolling the forest and also lobbied government to elevate the conservation status of Kibale Forest from a Forest Reserve to Forest Park. Later on, in 1993, Kibale Forest Reserve attained a National Park status.
By the time Dr. Struhsaker handed over the management to Makerere University, the research site had become widely known for its research in spite of its rudimentary infrastructure at the time. From the late 1980s through 1990s, this fame attracted a lot of funding from international funding agencies especially, WCS, EEC now EU and USAID. Almost all the infrastructure we have today was put in place using these funds.
MUBFS has two main study sites- Kanyawara and Ngogo. Kanyawara houses the station’s main facilities. However, the MOU between Uganda Wildlife Authority and Makerere University allows MUBFS researchers to conduct research outside these two designated sites. As such, our research activities have expanded to Sebitooli in the northern part of Kibale National Park. Plans are under way to establish a permanent research camp there with the help of the French Government.