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Who is in charge here?

Warning some photos that follow may be disturbing. On the 8th of October this satellite message came from Oluo:  “At Benekamba- Debaba tortured and ear cut off by Fidel.  Aggressors left in dugout – direction Kakongo.” There is no telephone, radio or Thuraya in Benekamba.  To get the news out, a bushmeat porter left Benekamba […]

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 […]