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Kundelungu National Park HIGHLIGHTS

April 17, 2011

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Well I’m finally able to upload something about my trip to Kundelungu National Park last weekend – internet hasn’t allowed it until now. Useless internet connection. Kundelungu is considered as the sister park to Upemba, and as you can see from the map on the left, it is located right next to Upemba. The habitat […]

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Louder Together

April 12, 2011

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The Consortium for Street Children, a consortium of 60 NGOs working in over 130 countries worldwide, today launches the ‘International Day for Street Children: Louder Together’ campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the plight of street children the world over. While many countries have signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of the […]

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O bom sabor de la selva

April 4, 2011

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I’m speechless. It turns out they do drink (or sell, at least) Um Bongo in the Congo!!!! I can’t actually believe it. I really can’t. I’ve been preparing my rant for days, waiting for the final confirmation that it doesn’t exist over here. And yet, it does. Wow – amazing! Über huge congratulations (and thanks!) […]

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The art of Gibberish

April 1, 2011

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I saw this online today and found it absolutely hilarious. My overall summation would be that both points are extremely well argued, and it’s too close, at this stage, to judge who won the argument. And as for the content, well, potentially something to do with socks? Anyway, enjoy!

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Panthera tigris tigris et Lynx pardinus

April 1, 2011

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Con·ser·va·tion (noun): Preservation or restoration from loss, damage, or neglect I read some great news from the conservation world this week that I thought I’d share with you, albeit slightly later than planned due to failed internet connection on my part! On Monday it was announced that numbers of the Indian tiger in the wild had […]

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Le Colonel…

March 30, 2011

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So there’s a guy that we work with called ‘Colonel’ Atamato. Although we tend to just call him by his name. And despite sounding Japanese, he is actually 100% Congolese. He is the conservateur principal of the Upemba National Park (our project) and works for the ICCN (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature), […]

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Jazz Club – niiiice

March 29, 2011

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Through the wonders of modern technology (blogs, twitter, mobile phones etc), I managed to meet up with a fellow Lubumbashi Brit last Friday night. His name is Ian and he has been working out here for a number of years, doing some marvellous and hugely important work at a street children charity here in Lubumbashi, […]

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Chimpalicious

March 26, 2011

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I went to visit a chimpanzee sanctuary in Lubumbashi on Wednesday morning with Rob and Alan. The name of the sanctuary is JACK (Jeunes Animaux Confiscés au Katanga – Young Animals Confiscated in the Katanga Province); the owners’ children originally gave the name ‘Jack’ to the first chimpanzee that entered the centre. He unfortunately died […]

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Home sweet office

March 22, 2011

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Well, I thought it was about time I showed you what our house/office looks like. Apologies for the delay but I’ve been having to deal with intermittent internet connection and power cuts! This is the Congo after all. So, let’s begin. Our office is located on Avenue de Kabalo in Lubumbashi, for any interactive map […]

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Dr Congo, I presume?

March 18, 2011

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Well it turns out I am definitely in the Congo, which is a pretty strange realization. Seems to have hit home quite quickly though, which is lucky. In fact the strangest thing about it is that it really doesn’t feel strange at all. It feels…well…for lack of a better word, normal. Quite homely and comforting […]

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Karibu! Welcome!

March 17, 2011

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And so I find myself in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bonkers. Flew with Kenya Airways and arrived in Nairobi at about 6.15am on Wednesday morning. Had to wait 2 hours before my connecting KA flight down to Lubumbashi. That journey in itself is a two and a half hour flight. Got into Lubs at […]

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Um Bongo, Um Bongo…

March 16, 2011

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Of course, this had to be done: Way down deep in the middle of the Congo, A hippo took an apricot, a guava and a mango. He stuck it with the others, and he danced a dainty tango. The rhino said, “I know, we’ll call it Um Bongo” Um Bongo, Um Bongo, They drink it […]

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