Monthly Archives: July 2013

leopard in the night, Igaru forest

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Moustached monkey, Cercopithecus cephus

Grinding through a remnant of pool surrounded by scrub marécage, the road before us opens onto a savanna burned in the past week.  Brilliant shoots of tender new growth pop against the charred stubble, illuminated a translucent green by the … Continue reading

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morning on the Mouambi River

Fog smothers our view as the morning sun glows a faint pink-orange orb poking through the silhouettes of a jungle bordering the river.  The smell of burning grasses hangs in the air.  Savanna fires burning through day and night present … Continue reading

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elephant vs. buffaloes

June 21, 5:30 am      Twilight shrouds the Oanga Plaine as we depart Moulondo into a morning thick with atmosphere.  The low-lying fog obscures all but the closest landmark trees making it difficult to stay on course to Igaru … Continue reading

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Sitatunga

Returning from Moungangara along the route Bord de Mer, Kassa suddenly spots a large male sitatunga crossing a swamp to our left, heading for forest cover on the other side of the route.  We brake immediately and I am out … Continue reading

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Mouambi River

My return to Moulondo began with a voyage up the Moambi River from Mayonomi with my new guide, Kassa.  We motored slowly through the mangrove and raffia-lined river to our destination. Our plan was to access Moulondo, drop our supplies, … Continue reading

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