It was more than four months later when I saw John again. He left the forest camps to find me on the far eastern savanna where Peace Corps posted me as a secondary school science and English teacher. He followed the single road along the edge of the forest to where it turned abruptly east, continuing as though tracing a contour line on the grass-covered ridge above the swathe of gallery forests that clothed the Shari River valley. He road atop a truck through the tall Themeda-grass savanna, it seemed empty of people compared to the farmed hills around Bukavu. John passed herds of reddish long-horned Hema cattle, and here and there a grass-dome Hema home with spotless swept clay yard. He climbed off the truck where a single track left the main road. He started to hike, pack on his back, when a missionary pick-up stopped in its cloud of dust. “Going to Nyankunde?” The missionary hospital/village was just 15 km further on.
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
We finished 2013 with 735,700 USD — but two emergencies drained all reserves at the end of the year.
March 2014: Independent donors (thank you, Nancy, Edith, Tom, Joan...and others) assured we could get field activities underway in January. Now with funds from two loyal sources Arcus Foundation and Woodtiger Fund we can work full throttle up until mid-year. We do not want to cut pace then : your contribution will be very much appreciated! Read more.
...in New York and recovering from the most serious of modern maladies, a crashed hard drive with nothing recoverable. My external hard drive was several (6) months behind. Somethings can be gotten off of internet, others from colleagues and others forgotten. Two posts were near ready two weeks ago and now are vanished. But I am taking this little set back to do what I have long wanted to do, I will post, starting today and in a series, the story of our first years in Congo (then Zaire), a story of the Ituri...
...John has been in Kisangani at a University conference on biodiversity and is just back to Kinshasa. He comes to New York after Fathers' Day...
...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 Matthieu Mirambo.
- 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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