Good things come to those who wait. Already in 2019, the two biologists Dr Daniel Hughes and Dr Mathias Behangana had produced a field guide to the chameleons in Uganda. Hughes works at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA), Behangana is one of Uganda’s leading herpetologists. But the worldwide corona pandemic put the project on an involuntary hiatus. Only now could 4000 copies of the field guide be distributed in Uganda.
The small field guide has 64 pages and is designed in a pocket format to be handy to take with you into the rainforest and savannah. The language of the field guide is English, which is the official language in Uganda along with Swahili. The field guide includes all 13 species of chameleons found in the landlocked East African country. Each species is presented with photos of the chameleons in their habitat, a distribution map and a detailed description. There is also a short preface with information on chameleons in general, for example, that, contrary to local myths, they are harmless to humans and useful flycatchers. The project was supported by Uganda Wildlife Authority, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), NatureUganda and US Agency for International Development (USAID. Ein Interview mit Dr. Daniel Hughes wird in Kürze in der CHAMAELEO erscheinen.
A pocket guide to the Chameleons of Uganda
Mathias Behangana, Daniel F. Hughes
64 pages, self-published
The PDF is available for free download here.