Author Archives: Terese Hart

Sing it loud: the Lomami National Park Exists

Rehearsal of the Lomami National Park anthem for the 10th of December 2016. In October 2016, a colleague from an international conservation NGO in Congo asked us, “Is it true there is a new National Park?” What? She didn’t know? It was three months earlier, on the 19th of July 2016, that the Prime Minister of […]

Maniema Meets New York

Leon Salumu stands at the Southern end of Central Park a couple days before returning to Maniema, Congo. Leon Salumu, the head of the TL2 PALL project (assisting law enforcement) spent three weeks of October 2016 in the eastern United States. When he got back to DR Congo, Cintia Garai, the TL2 project’s administrative assistant, […]

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,” […]