We were impressive: A whole cavalcade of motorcycles. Or perhaps not so impressive. On the back roads of the United States, where we just came from, we would be ridiculous. The motorcycles were little Yamaha 100s, tough machines, but not the American bull-machines that roar through upstate summers. Each of our motorcycles was stacked high with baggage and supplies, and each motorcycle carried two people: driver and passenger, sandwiched together. For Rebekah and particularly Jojo this was a big event: Back to Epulu, and John joining us in a week and a half. But it was the uncertainty of the times that put an edge on everything. This was my third trip to Epulu this year, all on motorcycle; the vehicles had been the first things looted back in 1996 and it still wasn’t safe to replace them. Only two of these motorcycles were ours, the other two rented in Bunia.
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
Our warm thanks to all of you! This year (2014), by the end of August, we have raised $911,637.00.
This allows us to climb out of a financial hole in which we were struggling through July and early August. We want particularly to thank our own organization (Lukuru) for gifting $30,000.00 of overhead back to the project when funds were scarce at the end of June. We also owe a particular thanks to Nancy Abraham and Edith McBean who each contributed another $15,000.00 at that difficult time. A new optimism comes from an emergency contribution of $50,000.00 from the Elephant Crisis Fund, followed by the generous first year provision of $400,000.00 to a 5-year Cooperative Agreement with US Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more.
..in Kindu with Matt Muir of USFWS...
...John has come down from a training session he was leading in Kisangani and the three of us will start out to Katopa camp tomorrow (3 December). John brought six of his top trainees from Kisangani and found five more promising university graduates here in Maniema. They have already taken off to Katopa. We will find them there and the training will continue. Two weeks in the forest with camera traps, transect surveys, etc ...
...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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