Case from TL2: the disappearance of Bernard Botumba. Park guard Michel is blamed for the disappearance of Bernard. Watch for these biases in the text: (§§) local politics (++) retribution for past wrongs (‡‡) extortion Who is Bernard? Bernard has disappeared. He is a cousin of the past chief of the Balanga (§§) who was […]
About Terese Hart
As director of the TL2 Project I represent an outstanding team of Congolese field biologists. My husband and I set out in 2007 to explore an unknown forest. We found bonobos, a new species of monkey, forest elephant, okapi, Congo peacock... Our mission now, with our TL2 staff, is to build effective conservation from village-base to national administration for TL2 and other critical conservation areas of DR Congo. Read more.
terese AT bonoboincongo DOT com
Our warm thanks to all of you! Last year (2014), by the end of August, we had raised $911,637.00.
This allows us to climb out of a financial hole in which we were struggling through July and early August 2014. We want particularly to thank our own organization (Lukuru) for gifting $30,000.00 of overhead back to the project when funds were scarce at the end of June. We also owe a particular thanks to Nancy Abraham and Edith McBean who each contributed another $15,000.00 at that difficult time. A new optimism comes from an emergency contribution of $50,000.00 from the Elephant Crisis Fund, followed by the generous first year provision of $400,000.00 to a 5-year Cooperative Agreement with US Fish and Wildlife Service. The year 2015 continues to allow us strong conservation action with return support from Arcus Foundation and an anonymous funder and first time support from Wildcat Foundation. Many thanks from all of us in TL2. Read more.
..again returning to Katopa camp to be with the botanists in the last phases of their field identification and data entry. The Mbuti are ready to go home ...
...John is also on his way to Katopa but he will be scoping the Mpechi basin to find the right site for a new monitoring block ...
...We now have a tab for maps. Our first map is the soon-to-be Lomami National Park as approved by the governors. Then a series of maps illustrates the history of the TL2 project.
About Our Project
The three river basins of the Tshuapa, Lomami and Lualaba Rivers (TL2), Congo’s forest enigma, ascend through its geographic heart. We have answered our first question "Is Congo's own great ape, the bonobo, found in TL2?" Yes it is? And so is Congo's endemic rainforest giraffe, the okapi and the rare Congo peacock. But, now the challenge is to bring real protection to the forests before the bonobo and all other large animals are hunted out.
We make a great team:
- Expert field leaders, Maurice Emetshu, Henri Silegowa, Pablo Ayali, Leon Salumu and Matthieu Mirambo.
- All of us working closely with some 30-40 other staff, from dugout captain, to community project leader and from cooks to porters, all essential.
We’ve been in the field – Congo’s TL2 – since May 2007.
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