Author Archives: Terese Hart

Coming down the Lomami in April 2019

We took three different paths and all emerged on the Lomami River in different places.  Eventually two different dugouts brought us together at the mouth of the Lifongo River. Sheltering from the rain at our meeting at the confluence of the Lifongo River We visited base camps and checked field operations along the way.  We […]

Dryas monkey: Critically Endangered? Not anymore.

We are in the era of imminent extinctions. How does something almost gone become — well — not almost gone ? Discovering abundance is a lot of foot-slogging, balance and sweat. Future abundance belongs to animals in the human shadow: cockroaches, rats…. For most animals the future is shrinking: dung-beetles, honeyguides, okapi and on and […]

Not THAT Bridge !

We often build bridges: Our bridges are made from mahogany and termite nests. In the Southern buffer zone of the Lomami National Park we put in ten bridges on the road to ChombeKilima, and another on the Balanga road and yet another on the Watambolo road. The Provincial Environment Minister took a motorbike 120 km […]

Death of a Great Conservationist

Lomami National Park would not exist without local champions. The most pivotal – one who both led and reprimanded – even foreign conservationists (us),– was the chief, Mama Jeanne Ulimwengu. For nine years she was the supreme leader of the Bangengele. She was buried last Sunday. There is contention over who shall replace her. She […]