This is way overdue, but was eclipsed by numerous events that took place in between. I apologise for that. Following the Aspen Seminar that was held in Johannesburg and Singita Sabi Sand in October 2008, Babu (who is on the AWF’s board of trustees) and Mama visited the leopard project at Singita Kruger National Park (SKNP). Having spent four days with them I got to see and understand how insightful and young at heart they are. As a result I got to relax a little around those two…
Medos Bokuwa Bolesa, a tracker since working with the Germans in the 1990s, and Isaac Lokili Lomboto, the youngest of all the trackers we trained, come face to face with the bonobos in this difficult season.
This difficult season is marked by the fact that there is very little food around and the big trees are lacking the fruit usually eaten by bonobos.
Since being collared the leopard has been providing us with very valuable information. Firstly his movement patterns suggest that he prefers drainage lines to open plains. This makes him one tough cat to find even with a collar. He is so good at hiding from this fellow who keeps following him no matter where he is; except of course when he is in Mozambique (I wonder if he’s picking up the trend).
On the other side of the DR Congo, out east where things are grim, there is some good news for mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.
70 rangers have returned to their posts, with the intention of resuming monitoring activities, says the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP).
We were very worried before our arrival here at Ndele when we received a call from our intern telling us that there had been no direct observations or even traces of the bonobos for three whole months.