Rafting on the Nile

Rafting on the Nile

After I finished my trip throughout Uganda I had a few days left in Jinja. Both my mom and my boyfriend couldn’t pick me up from the airport back home, so I had to book a few days later. On the other side, life in the tropics is never a problem. And I had on goal left in Uganda: Rafting. I had one free afternoon, one full day and the one almost full day left before I had to go…

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The mighty mountain gorilla

The mighty mountain gorilla

I still have to pinch myself when thinking about it… I have seen the endangered mountain gorillas! After my internship I did two weeks travel throughout Uganda, to see some more of the country before flying back home. Visiting one of the gorilla families is something you have to plan months in ahead. There are limited people allowed every day to visit the gorillas. Every gorilla family will be visited once a day by a group of maximum 7 people, excluded…

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99% human. As close as you can get.

99% human. As close as you can get.

When I was doing my trip throughout Uganda I went on a chimpanzee tracking. In other words, we went out for a walk towards the place the chimpanzees should be. After looking around, communicating with other rangers and listening to their screaming, we found them! Before I tell you about my experience and thoughts during this track, first some more information about the similarity between these chimpanzees and humans. The exact percentages of identical DNA are something scientists are still…

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The big 5!

The big 5!

During my stay in Uganda I joined a safari tour, and on that tour we have seen the complete big five. I was beyond excited about that, so happy that I decided te tell something about the big five. And to show some of the pictures I took from them 🙂 So, the big five obviously contains five different animal species: The Elephant (Loxodonta africana) The Rhino (Rhinocerotidae) The Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) The Lion (Panthera leo) The Leopard ( Panthera pardus)…

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What makes a forest a tropical forest?

What makes a forest a tropical forest?

I’m a student International forest and nature management. And specializing in tropical forest, but what makes the difference between tropical forest and a normal forest? Basically, a forest is tropical when it is between the Tropic of Cancer (Northern tropic) and the Tropic of Capricorn (Southern tropic). Of course, this is not the only criteria to be classified as a tropical forest. But almost everything can be brought back to lying between this two tropics. The climate in the tropical region…

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Trip to Suriname!

Trip to Suriname!

Hello!   It has been a bit quiet over here the last weeks, I’m sorry about that! But it wasn’t without a reason, I was in Surinam 🙂 Not just for fun, although I had a lot, we went to Surinam with school. So that meant that it was some busy weeks, doing a lot of forest inventory, both in the education forest as in the community forest and other research. But also having a lot of fun in the forest…

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What is Sustainability and why is it important

What is Sustainability and why is it important

Today we are going to talk about sustainability, in these times you hear this word several times a day. But what is sustainability? Why are we talking so much about it? Why is it so important? Sustainability is a combination of the words sustain and ability. It means that biological systems remain diverse and productive, not just for week/months/year bur for indefinitely.  Or the endurance of systems and processes. I will tell more about that in detail in another blog post. Without healthy…

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Why I have decided to go for a life in nature

Why I have decided to go for a life in nature

Since I was a little girl I already was fascinated by nature and specially for catching snails and ladybugs. At night I preferred the  keep the lit open, it is sad to keep them in a closed cage.. My mom wasn’t so happy about that and soon it was forbidden to catch them. While I became older my interest grow with it. It went deeper than just catching little animals. I loved it to go to our climbing tree on…

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