Today we have a guest blogger: Jef Dupain, AWF director of the Congo Heartland. He writes about the latest from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):
Le mercredi 18 mars dernier nous étions dans la grande joie de voir le site de recherche de Ndele que nous avons commencé les études sur la socio-écologie des bonobos et les travaux de construction du site sous tente depuis 2004 dans la Réserve de Faune de Lomako-Yokokala (RFLY), une aire protégée dont nous sommes l’acteur principal de sa création devenir le Centre Scientifique pour la Conservation-Lomako (CSCL) inauguré en cette date.
Construction of the Lomako Conservation Science Center – AWF’s new bonobo research and conservation station in the Congo Heartland – is complete!
Benjamin, Augustin and James let out a hearty laugh. “Did you see that? It happened so fast! She definitely doesn’t like us today!” This could have been a scene from a café, where we were sitting having some coffee and all boasting, revisiting our various clumsy attempts to garner some attention. But today I was amazed that their laughs came so easily, and how their good nature and positive attitude always seems to shine. It was a bit more difficult for me because I was still quivering.
An adult female gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda has died under mysterious circumstances. The female, named Kasongo, was from the Mubare gorilla family, which is habituated and visited by tourists.