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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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25 Hours by Canoe to the Heart of the Congo

  • 11/15/08
  • Paul

[Reporting from the Congo Heartland]

We had clear skies and a cool temperature as we pushed our two giant wooden canoes (pirogues) off the bank into the Maringa River. The crowd that had gathered to watch us pack now waved and shouted, wishing us bon voyage.

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