Mount Elgon rises up 4,300 meters into Uganda's skies. The extinct volcano is the fourth-highest peak in East Africa; imposing not only in terms of height but also biodiversity. Still, numbers of elephants, leopards, buffalo, and large wild boar have dropped drastically in the past few years. Many indigenous birds are veterans on the endangered species list, as are some plants. Local communities living around the peak are behind the problems, mainly thanks to poaching, deforestation and water extraction. But now training is educating people on how to protect the ecosystem and still have enough firewood, farmland and food.
A report by Florian Nusch