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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."]A young bonobo.[/caption]

This project that will favour the conservation of and promote the bonobos was made possible due to the efforts of a multi disciplinary and institutional team, made up of:

1) Jules Mayifilua, Chief Conservator of the LYFR site representing the Congolese wildlife authorities (ICCN), in charge of the protected area;
2) African Wildlife Foundation:
Jef Dupain, Director of the Congo Heartland project,
Paul Thomson, Communications Manager,
Valentin Omasombo, Head researcher at Lomako research camp,
Florence Bwebwe, S14 officer,
Malou Nsona, Intern;
3) Press:
Jolie Okako, independent journalist;
4) Maison Mpenzo construction:
Joseph Mpembe, Camp engineer;
5) Cybernet:
Costa Divengele , VSAT technician.

[caption id="attachment_238" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Part of the team visiting Lomako. The satellite dish is behind Jef. I'm standing to his left."]Part of the team visiting Lomako. The satellite dish is behind Jef. I'm standing to his left.[/caption]

A BIG thank you to the Arcus Foundation and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium who financed the satellite internet connection!


En francais:


Par la construction des infrastructures de base et la connexion internet dans notre site de recherche de Ndele le 14 novembre 2008; toutes les informations sur les populations de bonobos de cette partie de la foret équatoriale seront disponibles.

La realisation de cet œuvre grandiose et salutaire pour la conservation et la valorisation de bonobos a été rendue possible grâce au déplacements et aux efforts fournis par une equipe multi disciplinaire et institutionnelle composée de:
1) Jules Mayifilua, Conservateur Chef site de la RFLY représentant de l’institut Congolaise pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), autorité gestionnaire de l’aire protégée;
2) African Wildlife Foundation:
Jef Dupain, Directeur du programme RDC,
Paul Thomson, Communication et marketing,
Valentin Omasombo, Chercheur en chef du centre de recherche de Ndele,
Florence Bwebwe, S14 officer,
Malou Nsona, Stagiaire;
3) Presse:
Jolie Okako, journaliste independante;
4) Maison Mpenzo construction:
Ingenieure Mpembe, Directeur gerant;
5) Cybernet:
Costa Divengele, Ingenieure technicien.

Coup de chapeau à Arcus Foundation et Colombus Zoo qui ont financé ce projet!

About the Author

Valentin blogs about bonobos and conservation from one of the wildest places on earth: the heart of the Democratic Republic of the Congo -- and the remote Lomako-Yokokala Faunal Reserve. Pivotal in establishing the Lomako Reserve in 2006, Valentin now oversees bonobo research from the new AWF conservation science camp here. Thanks to a satellite internet connection, Valentin brings the Lomako forest and the fascinating world of bonobos to you.

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