Many thanks. Just got an update from our friends at Wildlife Direct telling us that we do indeed have a generous readership. Particular thanks to :
George L., Jeanette M., Denise S., Erin M., Sue S., and Brett F. as well as, of course, our very first donor, Faye.
That thanks is heartfelt from Ashley (mid-Lomami) and Terese (Kinshasa).
Here is a plan: All contributions will be used to equip an expedition to the most southern forested part of watershed-Lomami where we could not get on this first dug-out trip because rapids barred our way (see photo).
Here is why: In the south, at the village of Katopa, locals said abundant bonobo and okapi continue right down to the forest-savanna border. If so, this is an incredible extension on the known distributional range of both these special DR Congo forest mammals. Also, we must find out if there are still elephant in the southern-most forest. From the beginning our plan has been to go as far south (up-river) as possible and then start north stopping for exploratory circuits along the way. We are on the way back north now, but left a seemingly extraordinary area unexplored.
Here is how: We will go overland, starting in the administrative center of Maniema at Kindu and then crossing the Lualaba and working from the old colonial track towards the Lomami. John Hart will be joining the teams by November. He oversaw the early work in the Salonga National Park and has done extensive exploration and inventory in the Ituri Forest and the Itombwe Forest (among other places). If we get the money he will take on this southern frontier. Definitely, his experience will be critical!
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