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“Secret Congo”: Camera Traps Reveal A Dark Forest Refuge…

We can only imagine what these vast tropical forests looked like 300 years ago when wildlife numbers were at the maximum that the ecological balance could support, a lush green paradise filled with the abundance of life… Now we have the “African silence”… The direct result of hundreds of years of exploitation by foreign powers,…

Will the Congo’s Green Pigeons Go the Way of the Passenger Pigeon?

Who would have known that one day the African green pigeons of the enigmatic and seemingly infinite Congo forests would ever need our help? Just the same as New Yorkers cannot imagine Central Park without their pigeons, we should not consider a Congo forest without green pigeons flying high above the forest canopy and congregating…

Bushmeat: Every Man’s Protein until the Forest is Empty…

Some call it the “African silence” when a forest is struck silent by poaching and the bushmeat trade. Others call this phenomenon “dead zones” that have no birds, no monkeys, no small mammals, no snakes… These places have been stripped bare by local communities that are struggling to feed their families and access medical care.…

Contest in the Congo: Central Africa’s Shot at Sustainable Development

As some 30 million votes are counted in the wake of elections this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), another contest is shaping up in the Congo between those who would build systems of fair governance and those who would ransack Central Africa for its natural resources.

Kindred killers: Monkeypox rising in the wake of smallpox eradication

The end of smallpox vaccinations in sub-Saharan Africa three decades ago appears to have opened the door to monkeypox, another deadly disease caused by a related virus. By Ford Cochran Humans have lived, and died, with smallpox for thousands of years. Variola major, the more lethal of two viruses responsible for smallpox, claimed at least…