Author Archives: Terese Hart

Lomami’s Wild West

From the earliest colonial era through the present, Balanga West has always been too far away to matter. A classroom as it now is in Balanga West. Balanga West is the one hole in the map of our own inventories of 2007-2009. Not because we thought the Balanga West forest was unimportant, it was just […]

Diving For Ivory

“Ranger is in Litoko.” The message came from Louison, our camp leader at Bangaliwa. It was the second week of September, 2016. Ranger with shotgun in the gardens of Obenge – 2009. Had Ranger Lavino come back? Ranger is the head of an elephant poaching gang. Unlike Thoms who is flamboyantly evil , Ranger is […]

Okapi, Striped Enigma – We looked West, She stepped East

Junior placing a camera trap. It was the 15th of December 2016. Junior Amboko was in the Mpechi forest between the Lualaba and the Lomami Rivers. He was downloading videos from camera traps: Junior: “When I opened the video and saw the okapi, I could not believe it was real. I watched it twice. Went […]

Searching from Forest Duff to Forest Canopy for a Critically Endangered Monkey

We had no idea that the critically endangered dryas monkey, existed in the TL2 watersheds until, in 2014, Henri saw a hunter’s kill hung for sale near our Bafundo camp, in the Balanga village of Bafundo. He knew the monkey was different from any he had seen before. John suspected it was the dryas monkey, […]