We are in a small town called Djolu. Never heard of it? I am not surprised. This is a village in the central part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Actually, if you look at a map of Africa, Djolu looks like it is smack dab in the middle of the continent. We arrived here from Kinshasa via plane. There are no regularly scheduled flights to Djolu. We flew the approximate 900 km from Kinshasa to a small town called Basankusu, where the Lopori and Maringa Rivers meet.
I would like to remind all of our friends and supporters out there who are 70 1/2 years or older that you can once again make a charitable gift directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to AWF thanks to a provision in the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. The Act, which was signed into law December 17, 2010, also allows charitable distributions made from an IRA in January 2011 to be declared as 2010 gifts.
A few days after Dr. Patrick Bergin had left, Kaizer and I continued collecting cameras. In between all that, I had the privilege to join Stephen Midzi, the section ranger from Vlakteplaas (the section where we had placed the cameras) to go and look for tusks of an elephant that probably died a while back and was spotted by someone flying over the area. We went to the area and searched for some time until one of the guys found one humongous tusk, probably 188 centimetres long. I waited for everyone to examine it and then tried to pick it up.
When Dr. Simon Munthali called to tell me that our CEO, Dr. Patrick Bergin, was planning to come to the field to spend a few days, I couldn’t believe my ears. My brain immediately went berserk. I started counting stock of the good things and the not so good things I may have been involved with during the last few months. I was startled by these sudden plans to host our CEO. Many times when my superiors wanted to see me, I was in some kind of trouble, but that was back in high school.
In this week’s blog, I present a slide show of camera trap pictures that were obtained from one camera. The camera ran for just over 45 days between June and July 2010. I hope that this will give you an idea of the rich diversity of animals that get captured on film. The camera was set to capture three images sequentially in the hope of capturing at least one good image of a passing animal. Because of this, I often have to go through hundreds of images, many of which are not included in our presentation.