The African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) has only been considered to be a separate species for just over two years. Initially thought to be a sub-species of Loxodonta africana, the African Bush Elephant, several features distinguish the two. Straighter, harder ivory; a longer mandible; rounder ears; a longer tail; and an additional toenail on each […]
The distinctive yellow/pink ivory of this Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) is just one of the differences within the three species of elephant still surviving on the planet. Somewhere in the forests of the Republic of the Congo.
The discovery of the elusive okapi, once believed to be a mythical unicorn, was one of the most exciting taxonomic findings of the twentieth century. This mysterious mammal lives deep inside the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and has been known to the western world only since early 1900s. Some […]
One evening last June, wildlife rangers heard a burst of gunfire in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They followed the sound to a group of poachers attacking elephants for their ivory. When confronted, the poachers opened fire with an arsenal that included PKMs, AKs, G3s, and FNs. Outgunned, the rangers […]
Early on a Sunday morning last summer, the villagers of Epulu awoke to the sounds of shots and screaming. In the eastern reaches of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that can often mean another round of violence and ethnic murder is under way. In this case, however, something even more horrific was afoot. The […]
Some years ago, I used to think that an African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) would make a great pet… that is until I actually saw where they came from. Their roots lie deep within the lush rainforest and that is where they truly deserve to be. As these amazing and colourful birds effortlessly winged their […]
The art of camouflage is one of the primary defensive weapons in the arsenal of nature’s many and varied creatures. Clearly, this little Praying Mantis was absent for that lesson, and his bright pink coloration stood out like a sore thumb among the cool green tones of the lush rain forrest. Parc National d’Odzala-Kokoua, Republic […]