Field Station Map
BCFS Veterinary Laboratory
The BCFS Veterinary centre provides a much-needed facility to support the ongoing work of monitoring the health of the two habituated chimpanzee communities which BCFS field staff observe daily, as well as outreach facilities.
The food is mostly vegetarian and consists of beans, rice, potatoes and cabbage with local pineapples and mangoes usually available. The domestic staff will supply a simple hot meal each evening. Researchers share a kitchen and can, if they wish, cook together and organise their own food shopping. Vegetables can be bought from nearby markets at Kabango (8 km) and Masindi (37 km). The kitchen is equipped with a gas cooker, water filter and cupboards for storing food.
The Budongo Conservation Field Station has basic accommodation available for research groups. Our buildings contain several rooms with basic furniture, including a bed with mosquito net and bed linen, a reading table, and a chair.
The Sonso chimpanzees have been studied continuously since 1990. This community lives near the site of a former sawmill. It is called the Sonso community after the River Sonso, which runs through its range. In mid 1998, this community numbered 53 individuals; in 2006 the number had gone up to 75. As of 2014 the estimate of its regular members numbers around 85 individuals, all identified and named and recognized by our Field Assistants.
Cafeteria & Dining Hall
Indoor dining facilities for BCFS residents.
Conference Room & Accommodation
Conference and accommodation facilities.
Herbarium & Library
The project has a herbarium consisting of a collection of dried leaves of forest trees and shrubs, carefully mounted in acid-free paper folders and housed in a wooden cabinet. Each specimen has been identified and is labelled.
The grass thatched banda is the social hub of the Budongo Conservation Field Station and used for gatherings as well as a meeting space.
This collection of buildings, in a horseshoe formation, is used for staff accommodation.
This building houses the main office for BCFS as well as accommodation facilities.
Shelter for the BCFS vehicles.
The Waibira community
In 2011 we decided to habituate a new research community of chimpanzees. By doing so we could spread the increasing research impact on the Sonso community, increase the area within the Budongo forest in which BCFS staff take an active daily conservation role, and also ask new research questions.