Category Archives: Mystery monkeys

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, […]

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 […]

Inoko and the Camera Trap Thief

“There’s a new species of monkey at Bafundo” (Henri Silegowa) “I doubt it!” (John Hart) “Show me the photos. Where is the skin?” (still John) “The hunter refused to give up the skin, but,” Henri explained, “There are photos, still in the camera at Bafundo.” One of the photos on the Bafundo camera. It was […]

Lesula: Captured on Camera in the Lomami Basin

What brought Steven to Yawende in the Lomami Basin. My first real view of the N’Djili International Airport after the brief, disorienting excitement of my arrival in Kinshasa, DR Congo, was watching a plane take off. The medium sized, twin prop cargo plane arched into the sky; black, billowing smoke poured out of both engines […]