Every time an inventory team walks a circuit, the leader returns with well over a hundred photographs. If there was a lot of animal sign, likely more than 200 pictures come back. These include photo documentation of every observation: primates, animal tracks and lots of animal dung. In fact nearly a third of any photo series is likely to be dung.
Ashley has returned to Kinshasa for a week and I got him to lead me through some of the archives. This week it is animal tracks – next week dung.
Here are some memories from the forest floor:
An imprint today is erased in rain tomorrow. Our hope is that these prints will continue to be pressed again and again into the forest duff; that is our hope.