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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
Thank you for a very productive 2015! By December you contributed $1,646,500.
This allowed us to do more for the Lomami National Park and its buffer zone than in any previous year.
And we are off to a strong start in 2016. Your support and interest are for us the greatest motivation possible. Our responsiblity is to keep you informed. Through this blogsite and through our reports and photos. Don't hesitate to ask us specific questions.
Our direct thanks go to (in order funding was received in 2015) Arcus Foundation, FCF (anonymous), Wildcat Foundation, Rainforest Trust, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Edith McBean and many very generous donors through this blogsite.
Many thanks from all of us in TL2.
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:
- Matthieu Mirambo, Program Manager. “Hunting damaged the forest of the village where I was born, all the elephants disappeared…” read more
- Maurice Emetshu, Outreach Leader. When people reject what he tells them, Maurice … tries again.. read more
- Simeon Dino, Program Coordinator for Tshopo Province. Dino’s father was not particularly interested in the forest or conservation... read more
- Ohm Omene, Program Coordinator for Maniema Province. "I kept asking the field leader, Papa Maurice: ‘Is this job really like this? Because I am leaving right now!’ And that was only after 4 days..." read more
- Leon Salumu, Ambassador for PALL and Public Relations Officer, Maniema. A turning point was when he learned that his colleague, Boni, was twice slashed with a machete… read more
- Pablo Ayali, Team Leader in Tshopo Province. Pablo’s favorite part of the work is simply being in the forest. “For Conservation, you need love, passion and motivation.” read more
- Junior Amboko, Team leader in charge of camera traps for Maniema. “When we download the photos and videos from the camera trap cards, we see the miracle…” read more
- Robert Abani, PALL deputy in Tshopo Province. “My father told us, ‘now the world is going in a direction where conservation needs to have an important role. You should learn about this…” read more
- More soon...
We’ve been in the field – Congo’s TL2 – since May 2007.
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