Links for September: Okapi, Bushmeat, Interview with Terese

Since we share many links amongst ourselves and the teams, we thought we would start sharing them with you. Here’s a few online pages that grabbed our attention in the last month.

  • The BBC reports that okapis have been caught on camera in the Virungas National Park, a World Heritage site, and also the home of the famous mountain gorillas. Stuart Nixon and Thierry Lusenge did the ground work with camera traps and congratulations to them. The photographs we took of Okapi in the wild in the Ituri Forest in the 1980s all had radio collars or were being outfitted with collars when photographed. Stuart and Thierry are now getting the basic information necessary for real conservation of this important okapi population in the Virungas. Read their okapi blog here.
  • The BBC echoed a report on corruption in the timber industry. Logging happens north, west and east of the Lomami and the TL2 study area. Our friends from Greenpeace Belgium have been following the logging trade closely and their latest findings are neither reassuring nor surprising.
  • An online magazine called The Edger interviewed me, Terese Hart, recently.
  • Blood Cows? The Christan Science Monitor covers the cattle robbery phenomenon to fund militia groups. This is East of where we operate. There are no cattle in the Lomami forests.
  • A Ugandan paper published an excellent article on the correlation between bushmeat and diseases, such as Ebola.

More links to come at the end of October!


  1. Greg Davies
    Posted 2008-09-29 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    One discouraging line from the BBC report:

    “Okapi meat, reportedly from the park, is now regularly on sale in the nearby town of Beni.”

  2. Terese
    Posted 2008-09-29 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Eight years ago, with backing from USFWS, Mapilanga, warden of the Okapi Reserve, did a bushmeat study in the markets of Beni and surrounding villages. Then, already, it was squirrels and porcupines that were hunted in the hills outside the park. “Real” meat came from the east — the Park. The same phenomenon in TL2 where hunting occurs farther and farther from the big market towns. I am certain that a difference CAN be made…but with a lot of publicity and increased patrolling.

    Posted 2008-10-03 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed these links especially your interview and the article on bush meat

  4. Terese Hart
    Posted 2008-10-03 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Wonderful Bekah. And I love thinking of you reading them, Heneem in you lap, there in NY while I am in Kin!!

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