Category Archives: Bushmeat

Animals killed in the bush for food. Bushmeat trading is one of the main sources of cash for people in TL2. Traders and hunters come from 100s of kilometers to exploit TL2 forests.

Fighting Arson with Fire-Power along the Lomami

The chief of the bangengele doing outreach for the park before we put in bridges. Her house, too, went up in flames. See below. Arsonists burned three of our base camps in just over a year. The first conflagration was Lohumonoko, It was set on fire in February 2014. Most staff were in the forest, […]

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 […]

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.

Dugout Trip to Reclaim the Northern Lomami Park

We pushed off from Opala with two pigs, four goats, several chickens and a duck to eat along the way. We were a bit crowded in the dugout. We had to make the trip. It was the only way to know if armed rebels still lurk the banks of the Lomami River; the only way […]