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New Bonobo Blogger Joins Our Team from the Congo!

  • 11/23/08
  • Paul

I'm super excited to introduce the newest member of AWF's Blog Team: Valentin Omasombo Wotoko from our Congo Heartland.

Check out his blog: http://awf.org/bonoboblog

Having spent the last two weeks in the field with Valentin, I think he is remarkable. He was key to the establishment of the Lomako-Yokokala Faunal Reserve, works closely with the Congolese Wildlife Authorities (ICCN) to manage the reserve, oversees the development of the new research/conservation center there, and leads research activities on bonobos and other forest species of Lomako.

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He's got some incredible stories to tell.

Valentin is able to blog from one of the most remote places we work in thanks to a new satellite internet connection. The satellite dish is an awesome addition to our program. It will enable Valentin not only to reach the world through his blog, but also connect with other researchers, stay in touch with other AWF colleagues spread across the continent, and relay data to our partners.

The satellite internet connection comes from the generosity of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Thanks!

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About the Author

Paul began with AWF based in Nairobi for a year, before moving to Washington DC. Paul has worked at the Madrid Aquarium and at The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands outside San Francisco. He was born in New Zealand but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is a member of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leadership initiative and is working on a conservation campaign to combat the illegal trade of Asian pangolins. Paul enjoys photography, travel, hikes in the woods, music, and nyama choma.

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