Category Archives: Law and Order

Ivory Sting Operation – for Lomami Elephants

Ranger (center) in 2008 during his arrest for Ivory poaching. After 2 years in prison, he is back poaching Lomami elephants. Four gangs are now poaching the remnant elephant population of the Loamami Park: — Ranger’s gang from north west of the park, — Tchuma’s gang from the north center of the park, — Sylva’s […]

Villages and Gunfire along the Lomami

Karsten and his team returning to Obenge after third time under gunfire in less than a month. We planned to meet part way. John, Matthieu and myself were to take a dugout moving downstream from Katopa camp. In the meantime, Karsten who now directs activities at the northern Obenge camp would take a dugout upstream. […]

“Marines” patrol the Lomami River

Commander of the “marines”, Lieutenant Alexie, forefront on left, in hat with beard. BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION : August (2015), John patrolled up the Lomami River in a motorized dugout. He traveled with a camera-trap team and a botanical team, but, as has been the case for the last three years, military need to be […]

Is it Possible to Save Congo’s Parrots?

African Grey Parrots descend to the ground at the Aikongo forest clearing, northwest of the Lomami Park. I returned to TL2 in April of this year to spend 3.5 months visiting important parrot sites around the park. My aim was to develop methods to monitor parrot numbers at these sites, as well as to investigate […]