At the center of Congo, at the bend in the great River Congo, there is a town that was once – in the colonial era –an industrial center and was once – in early post-independence – a hopeful university town, but that since has been pulled down first by the slow suck of economic decline and then racked by repeated bloody eruptions. Kisangani is now quietly being reborn – a disciplined, progressive transformation.
About Terese Hart
As director of the TL2 Project I represent an outstanding team of Congolese field biologists. My husband and I set out in 2007 to explore an unknown forest. We found bonobos, a new species of monkey, forest elephant, okapi, Congo peacock... Our mission now, with our TL2 staff, is to build effective conservation from village-base to national administration for TL2 and other critical conservation areas of DR Congo. Read more.
terese AT bonoboincongo DOT com
Ituri Forest Riches back On-Line
The Okapi Reserve's wealth is showcased in this film by Alan Root. May these riches endure forever.
We finished 2012 with 706,000 USD — no surplus, no debts.
September 2013: We have raised 688,000 USD this year. Thank you so much for your help. And please remember us now as that last push is critical. We still have 62,000 more dollars to raise to finish the year. Your contribution will be very much appreciated! Read more.
...in Kisangani and leaves by motorbike tomorrow. I will spend several days in Opala with the refugees from the Obenge violence, then continue to Obenge in the dugout with the ICCN director from Maniema. Hope to continue south on the Lomami River to meet John at Katopa camp..Finally back in Kindu then Kinshasa about 5 December.
...John is in Kindu and heading to our Bafundo camp in a couple days to evaluate patrols of the park and monitoring of bonobos. He then goest to Katopa camp....
...We now have a tab for maps. Our first map is the soon-to-be Lomami National Park as approved by the governors. Then a series of maps illustrates the history of the TL2 project.
About Our Project
The three river basins of the Tshuapa, Lomami and Lualaba Rivers (TL2), Congo’s forest enigma, ascend through its geographic heart. We have answered our first question "Is Congo's own great ape, the bonobo, found in TL2?" Yes it is? And so is Congo's endemic rainforest giraffe, the okapi and the rare Congo peacock. But, now the challenge is to bring real protection to the forests before the bonobo and all other large animals are hunted out.
We make a great team:
- Expert field leaders, Maurice Emetshu, Henri Silegowa, Pablo Ayali, Leon Salumu and Ephrem Mpaka.
- All of us working closely with some 30-40 other staff, from dugout captain, to community project leader and from cooks to porters, all essential.
We’ve been in the field – Congo’s TL2 – since May 2007.
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