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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 … Continue reading

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baboon for sale, $350 US

Monrovia, Liberia.    Baboon for sale, $350 US. A baby chimpanzee (aka baboon in Liberia) for sale in Mamba Point neighborhood of Monrovia. It’s mother was likely killed for the bushmeat trade that sees little regulation in Liberia. Strategies are … Continue reading

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Sititunga taken from the wild

“Buy my red deer?” Two young men approached as I passed on the street. The unfortunate Sititunga calf was hot, dehydrated, and nearly frightened to death. Doubly unfortunate, its mother was likely killed either by snare or gun, and this calf … Continue reading

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they know about us

I feel small, vulnerable, almost insignificant before the penetrating stare of this beast who passes before me. Our eye contact is unnerving. I am ashamed that so many of my brothers have found sport in the killing of these magnificent … Continue reading

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poaching in Gamba

A new trail cuts through the tall savanna grasses in Vera Plaines, ending abruptly at the forest edge. Not a good sign, I think, as curiosity leads me to a slash opening in the forest wall. A narrow footpath disappears into … Continue reading

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scheduled for execution

Reports have been circulating about an elephant being aggressive toward residents in Yenzi. Rumor was, this elephant had a wound to the side of his head. Unfortunately, both accounts may be true, and I got a call to make some … Continue reading

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one elephant at a time

In what would have been an idyllic scene not uncommon in Gabon, an elephant crosses a savanna near the coast. A closer look reveals a snare constricted around the left foreleg, causing severe pain, infection, limited mobility, immeasurable suffering, and … Continue reading

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exploring Nyanga River track

A photographic trek to the forests and savannas near Nyanga River with Shweta and Shivangi on Thursday September 25 revealed a landscape of visual opportunities. The sand track leaves the tarmac halfway between Gamba and Mayonami, winding across savannas, through … Continue reading

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Gabon in the 21st Century

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death of an elephant

Two weeks earlier, Dave and I were exploring a new track through the forest and savanna in the heart of Vera Plaines.  We had stopped for lunch on a hilltop with sweeping views of forests, valleys, and savannas on all … Continue reading

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