Author Archives: Terese Hart

Ebola Empties Villages, Bushmeat Empties Forests.

Just dead-Still warm. Ebola is a disease, Bushmeat is commerce, but both remain uncontrolled for similar reasons: absence – on the ground – of adequate trained, committed individuals. Why the unwillingness to marshal and train human experts – on the ground – to bring the plagues under control? For the Ebola plague,  Doctors Without Borders was the first group on […]

Mbuti Exodus: from Lualaba Barge to Lomami Forest Canopy.

Kisangani to Kindu (13 February– 23 February 2015): The Mbuti travelled for more than a week up the Lualaba River (upper Congo). After taking a bus overland to Ubundu, the Mbuti moved upriver for more than a week on a Congo River barge. Their exodus from the Ituri included landcruiser, bus, barge, motorbike and finally […]

Bonobo Meat at Kindu Market Rate

The hunter, the bonobo, and the shotgun that killed her. We thought we were making progress in 2009. Every village had poster pictures of bonobos and other completely protected species. “Not to shoot!” Certainly the killing would go down.

Plants are Last — in the Forests of the Ituri and the Lomami.

ASANI, on right, marking a tree for measurement above the buttresses on our Ituri plots, circa 1990. We had been in the Ituri Forest for ten years. First we put radio collars on okapi, then on forest antelope. We did forest-wide large mammal inventories, and a study of leopard. It was somewhere after all of […]