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The Bonobos of the Lomako-Yokokala Faunal Reserve for the World to Discover

  • 11/21/08
  • Valentin
Hello everyone! Thanks to the internet connection installed on the 14th of November 2008, and the basic infrastructure which has been built at our Lomako Conservation Science Camp - all the information on the populations of bonobos living in this part of the equatorial rainforest - is available to all. [caption id="attachment_239" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A young bonobo."]Continue reading

Searching for Bonobos

  • 11/21/08
  • Paul

The guides haven't seen bonobos in about three months. But we went into the Lomako forest anyway and I thought at least we'll get some good exercise and fresh rain forest air.

Little did I know what I was in for.

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The Story Behind the Leopard Capture

Ok, I’ll write something then! When I first saw the leopard trapped in the cage, I didn’t believe my eyes. He looked calm and was just sitting there in the cage looking at me. I got so excited that I started running. If you asked me why I was running, I would politely ask you not to ask me difficult questions too early in the morning.

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First Leopard Captured!

Sunday November 9th marked the day of capturing the first leopard in my career. The event was too beautiful to mar with heavy words. Here is a full account of what happened that day in pictures.

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When Negotiation Skills Are Key

  • 11/17/08
  • Paul

Nothing starts your day like an angry mob at 7am.

A group of fifty or so men are gathering outside the yard of the house we're staying at. Things get heated – men begin shouting and waving their arms in frustration. They’re yelling in Lingala, so I look to Jef for help. He shrugs. “They want money.”

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