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    Central and west Africa, rare and remote wilderness regions: South Sudan, Angola, Northern Namibia.

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  1. Fantastic start of your trip. East and Southern African landscapes might be the "quintessential" African experience... but there is something truly wild about the Sudan-Guinea savanna woodlands... The fact that not many tourists flood these places make them even more special. Thanks for the report and the photos, looking forward to seeing more updates!
  2. I just read this in the AP newsletter. Very exciting, especially considering the biodiversity value of Pendjari. I think African Parks is leading the way by going into these remaining "islands" of wildlife and drawling the line in the sand to protect them. Quite frankly, It seems only a matter of time before all loosely-protected wildlife areas on the continent will be destroyed forever- even ones far off in West Africa. I remember listening to the radio news in horror in 2011, as Sudanese poachers marched across the CAR and into Cameroon's Bouba ndjida, slaughtering the elephants. I was in CAR at the time, already shocked by the destruction I witnessed by the same poachers there. To think they could march many hundreds of kilometers and kill that many elephants seemingly with complete impunity is frightening... Needless to say, I think its about time every area like Pendjari is firmly protected, even before the serious poaching begins in them.
  3. @@Zarek Cockar I saw it moving as well, just like a typical caterpillar movement. It only balled up as a defense. But strangely, as it moved, red fluid pulsed through its veins, and I could clearly see it because the skin is translucent. THey were 6-7cm long- and as you can see in the photo, fairly wide as well. Thanks!
  4. Hello there members, I am hoping someone can help me identify this caterpillar-like creature? I found it a handful of times I lived in the eastern Central African Republic, from 2008-2014. It was always on the forest floor, of the rainforest galleries- never out in the savanna woodlands. The locals were terrified of them, and said the hairs caused tissue damage if they got stuck in a person's skin. I am researching it for a book I am completing. Thanks for your help! /Adam
  5. @@Swazicar, yes, here is a forum thread explaining more info about Chinko, and a little about my involvement - As far as I know, Michael Fay has been an adviser in the transformation of Chinko as a hunting area, to now a protected wildlife preserve. I had the pleasure of meeting him in the bush there in 2014- which was cool since he has been a childhood hero of mine. Cheers /Adam
  6. Despite the constant headlines about the bleak poaching problem in the continent of Africa, I am always amazed by stories of cryptic wildlife populations being discovered- or rather- re-discovered in some cases. I will give an example of my own experience, but also was hoping to hear from others: While in the eastern Central African Republic, in the Chinko River Basin, I was blown away by the amount of African wild dogs I kept seeing while i lived in the bush from 2008- 2014. It wasn't until 2012, after sharing my photos and stories with a biologist, that I discovered that that particular population of wild dogs was unknown to exist in eastern CAR! Later, after the formation of the Chinko Project and its management by African Parks, the same researcher, Thierry Aebischer, ALSO confirmed the presence of Chimpanzees in the area- which was needless to say, a huge discovery! Does anyone else know of cases like this, where cryptic populations of animals showed up where they were unexpected, or thought to be extinct?
  7. Oribi in hiding. Chinko, Central African Republic
  8. An unusual one for me. I've only seen this bird once. I believe it is a Marsh Harrier. Sorry for the blurry photo. Chinko Basin, Central African Republic.
  9. @@Paolo It is interesting you mention old hunting books, because actually those classic stories brought me to Africa. For me as a naive teenager, adventure and hunting and conservation went hand in hand (indeed, so many naturalists in the early days were hunters). I came to Chinko at the age of 19, and at that time, was very naive about the wildlife situation on the continent. I thought the bush was full of animals everywhere. I of course became disillusioned with this notion when I visited other places in central Africa... Now, it seems the priority is to focus on protecting island populations with high biodiversity. African Parks in my opinion is doing the best job of this model. Those Lord Derby Eland photos were truly four years in the making! I have never, until that moment, seen those animals in such an open spot to have their photo taken. Most sightings of LDE are fast, and in thick mopani woodland... it was a miracle to get that photo. Another guide, Mike Fell, was with me and got similar great photos. It was always my dream to get photos of bongo in the wild as well.... I think I spent a couple of weeks in a tree over a salt lick before I finally got my bongo photos in 2009. They were blurry, and very dark, but at least i managed to get them. Cheers
  10. This thread has been very helpful in planning a trip to Benin. Im hoping to go next winter. If anyone has current trip reports or updated info on visiting Pendjari it would be great to hear about it! Thanks, Adam
  11. Greetings, My apologies for being slow to the discussion. My name is Adam, and I am new to safaritalk. I worked for Erik Mararv and CAWA for 5 years, and into the transition to Chinko Protected Preserve. I left CAR in 2014 and have missed it greatly ever-since. Much of you have a very good appreciation and understanding for what we were up against in transitioning from hunting outfitter to protected preserve, despite the fact that most of you probably do not agree with hunting. I can honestly say, us CAWA employees were first and foremost lovers of wildlife- and only secondly focused on hunting. Our ties to the local community were also strong- and I consider Bakouma, the nearest village to Chinko- a second home. In the first few years, I think our presence and efforts to stop the poaching were very successful. At a certain point, however, we all decided that it was too great a job for us alone, as the cattle herders began to swarm the area, and we asked for help from AP and others. I do not think I need to add to this anymore, since most of you have expressed a great deal of understanding on this. We knew from the beginning that the area was special- during certain encounters, like the time I watched a young male lion on top of a fresh giant forest hog kill- we often times said- "There is nowhere else in Africa like this!" I am very grateful to see David and African Parks continue take charge in trying to save this amazing place. Living in chinko was a life-changing experience for me, and I count it as a true adventure. I have left the hunting business and now work in the western United States, with my wife and two small children. I no longer have working-ties to the chinko project, other than my continued friendship with David and Erik. Someday soon I hope to return for a visit . I have just started an account here on Safaritalk , and stumbled upon this discussion. I will gladly answer any questions, since it seems many of you are interested in what has gone on in Chinko. For those that are interested, I have a portfolio of photographs I took in Chinko (and the Dzanga-Ndoki) on my website: Its really encouraging to see attention brought on the Chinko Project. Hope you all might enjoy some photos taken there. Cheers, Adam

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