Author Archives: Terese Hart

Monkeys of the Lomami National Park

New species, Cecopithecus lomamiensis, locally known as Lesula, detected during the first exploration of the Lomami forests. When we set out on the first explorations in 2007 we expected to find 9 species of primates in the 30,000 km2 that we called the TL2, an area or landscape of central Congo that includes the middle-Lomami […]

Why Not Kill a Bonobo

Arrested and on his way to Kindu. No escape possible. It was on 1st July 2015 that Asanga Gilbert brought four dead bonobos into Likanjo, the hunters’ village that has cankered up on the west side of Bafundo. A PALL1 informer sent a message by HMS radio to Leon in Kindu. “You should be here,” […]

Lomami National Park: a New Protected Area in D.R. Congo

On July 7th 2016, the Lomami National Park took its place as Congo’s 8th national park, the first in more than forty years. The Parc National de la Lomami (PNL) markers are set along the southern limit with local chiefs. This gold nugget surfaced from the travail of many, long collaborations. The real debate started […]

Pleading for Elephants in Open Air Court by the Congo River

The public trial started on Tuesday the 19 of April 2016 on the steps of the Kisangani post office. At the base of the wide stairs, was the ample city park and beyond that the silent Congo River. Captain Bosongo stands accused as Kisangani gathers below. The public ministry had 5 cases against military for […]