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Put your Nose to the Ground and Smell those Termites!

Both hunt termites and ants; Both hunt at night;Both hunt with their nose;Both have a long sticky tongue;Rather than chew, both grind exoskeletons in a muscular belly pouch (pylorus). BUT they are SO different. Take the Aardvark, Orycteropus afer:A most unusual living fossil. It is the only living species left in its genus. In fact, […]

Family Cruise on the Lomami

Our youngest daughter, Jojo, and her beloved, Mike, came to TL2.  Dream trip, but not a trip they will recommend to any of their friends, even the most adventurous…. Here we are- well underway- in the ghost town of Obenge, only village that existed in the forest that became national park. Jojo grew up expecting […]

Dryas monkey: Critically Endangered? Not anymore.

We are in the era of imminent extinctions. How does something almost gone become — well — not almost gone ? Discovering abundance is a lot of foot-slogging, balance and sweat. Future abundance belongs to animals in the human shadow: cockroaches, rats…. For most animals the future is shrinking: dung-beetles, honeyguides, okapi and on and […]

Not THAT Bridge !

We often build bridges: Our bridges are made from mahogany and termite nests. In the Southern buffer zone of the Lomami National Park we put in ten bridges on the road to ChombeKilima, and another on the Balanga road and yet another on the Watambolo road. The Provincial Environment Minister took a motorbike 120 km […]