Queen at the Ducor Hotel

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Bentol, Liberia

Sistahz. Walking on a seldom-used road on the edge of Bentol, aka Bensonville, Liberia.

Sistahz. Walking on a seldom-used road on the edge of Bentol, aka Bensonville, Liberia.

African Jacana crosses a shallow lake in Bentol, Liberia.

African Jacana, Actophilornis africana, crosses a shallow lake in Bentol, Liberia.

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Straw-colored fruit bat, skull

Straw-colored fruit bat, Eidolon helvum

Straw-colored fruit bat, Eidolon helvum

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flash flood, Benson Street

Monrovia, Liberia. Heavy rain collects on Benson Street, making pedestrian travel a challenge.

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kechi wata

Fresh water is always useful. Rain, and especially the runoff from building roofs is often caught in buckets on the street.

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Sunday rain

Sellers take shelter, waiting out a rainstorm under any cover available. Monrovia, Liberia.

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cusimanse

A cusimanse, Crossarchus obscurus, roams the property of Elizabeth Village Resort in Buchanan, Liberia. These mongoose-like animals, called Du in Liberia, are tolerant of people, which is probably their downfall, as they are easily hunted, especially with dogs. The young, when captured alive, are sometimes kept as pets. They eat mainly invertebrates, snails, crabs, and in this case, table scraps.

cusimanse,

cusimanse, Crossarchus obscurus, also known as “du” in Liberia 

As with all wildlife trafficking in Liberia, keeping, hunting, killing and selling wild animals for bushmeat or pet trade is now illegal.

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afterglow

Monrovia, Liberia. The setting sun has dropped below the horizon off the coast of Monrovia, leaving behind the fading trace of its radiance.

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raccoon for sale

A young man poses with what he says is a raccoon. In Liberia, wildlife seems to be misnamed with American species that don’t actually live in Africa. Duikers are deer, a hyrax a tree goat, crocodiles are alligators, manatees are water cows, pangolins are ants-bears, monitor lizards are iguanas, civets are raccoons…

Young African civet, taken from its mother in the Liberian bush.

Young African civet, taken from its mother in the Liberian bush.

He wants $20US for the frightened animal, and says the mother raccoon ran away and left him. His sister captured him in Bong County, about two hours upcountry from Monrovia, and passed him along to sell. Within the past year, Liberia has made it illegal to possess, capture, kill, or sell wild animals for bush-meat, or the pet trade. Few people know the current law, for there is little education, publicity or enforcement.

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dusk, West Point, Monrovia

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Dusk settles on Kru Beach in the seaside community of West Point in Monrovia, Liberia.

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