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  1. I am currently reading dozens of scientific papers and reviews from Central and West Africa, and I recently found this article from Bauer: Carnivores Benoue.pdf The report deals with the estimation of lions in the Faro-Benoue-Boubandjida complex in Northern Cameroon, which is considered as the stronghold of lions in the country and in Central Africa. The other population is located in Waza. It is much smaller and has reduced a lot in the last decades for various reasons: reduction of prey densities because of the construction of the Maga dam (which does not allow the Logone river to flood the Waza plains during the rainy season as before), severe drought, livestock encroachment, poaching, Boko Haram issue. Except for elephants, all large mammals population are now very reduced compared to the seventies. The method used is spoor count (Funston formula method) and was implemented in the central hunting blocks and the three national park, in an area covering 24.500 km2. The 55 transects chosen in this study cover a total length larger than 800 km. Lions were found in all the areas surveyed and results proved to be statistically significant, which means that the confidence interval is very reduced and thus that the estimation resulted of high precision. It is considered that cheetah and wild dogs disapeared from the area in the last two decades and this study confirms this assertion, with no footprint detected for these two species. The study results show that lion is present in the study area at a density of 1 lion per 100 km2, leopards are present at a density of 1,3/100km2, and hyena are present at a density of 5,7/100km2. This gives a total lion population of 250 (243-258), a total leopard population of 316 (307-325), and a total hyena population of 1376 (1352-1400). Highest lion densities are to be found in Faro National Park, followed by Benoué National Park. Boubandjida densities are twice lower than in the hunting blocks, which are around 1 lion per 100 km2. I am surprised to know that lion densities at Boubandjida are much lower than around Benoué, as preys were found in high densities in the 2008 aerial count (0,75 animals/km2 at Boubandjida, 0,4/km2 at Benoué, 0,2/km2 at Faro) The authors report that the main threat is that livestock is omnipresent in the study area, which represents an increase compared to the results of the 2008 aerial count. The study is integrated in the Cameroun Conservation Action Plan for lion. One of its objective was to define lions trophy quota in each areas.
  2. Trip report to CAR and Cameroon.pdf I just returned from a very special trips to one of the most amazing places I've ever visited: Dzangha-Sangha Special Reserve in the Central African Republic. It's a long report because it has a LOT of info about the animals we saw, and some about animals we missed. It's totally different from your typical Eastern/Southern African Safari, and there is almost no overlap in the species you see. What an amazing place. I just have to note something very important for anyone considering going to Dzanga-Sangha: It's SAFE! Yes, the Central African Republic is considered a War Zone, but it's only in the North, 100s of miles from this reserve, and from the amazing Sangha Lodge. You should get there via flight from Bangui or Yaounde, or by driving the long and turtourous road from Yaounde to Libongo. But once you get there, it's more safe than the USA has been over the past few years, with all the shootings etc... Enjoy :-)
  3. ~ While seeking information on Waza National Park in northern Cameroon, situated between Nigeria and Chad, an advertisement for a “Forest Elephant Hunting Safari in Cameroon's Rain Forest”, offered by “Discount African Hunts — Making Africa Affordable”, popped up. Due to my utter naiveté, I initially supposed that it was a parody intended as a joke. Listed as potential hunting trophies were: — Forest Elephant, alternatively described as Pygmy Elephant — Bongo — Forest Sitatunga — Dwarf Buffalo — Giant Forest Hog — Bush Pig — Python — Duiker, about half a dozen species — Bates' Pygmy Antelope The prospectus emphasized that hunting would take place at close range, specifically within 10 yards for Forest Elephants. For duikers it stated that “pygmy trackers” make special noises to attract the trophy animals. Bongos are hunted by both “pygmy trackers” and dogs. The hunting method used for python wasn't specified. Given the diminutive stature of Bates' Pygmy Antelope, arms of a miniature caliber might be employed. ************************************************************************************************************************************ I'm in no position to assess or in any sense pass judgment on the advertised “Cameroon Rain Forest Hunting”. How it takes place, why it takes place, and who makes it possible to take place are all questions far beyond my admittedly limited ken. Considering the struggles to preserve habitat and species biodiversity, it surprised me that these species were deemed suitable for trophy hunting. Very probably I'm among the most uninformed Safaritalk members about the range of activities involving African wildlife. Where I work and live isn't especially conducive to learning much about the outside world, including current trophy hunting practices. Yet as I perused the advertisement, I wondered how well known such ventures are. I'd never realized that they were so upfront about the trophy species on offer. Most of us on Safaritalk similarly stalk game of all sizes, regularly exercising our trigger fingers on camera shutter buttons. In all seriousness I don't know what to think about all of this. After reading and re-reading it, I shook my head, thinking of how complex and convoluted African wildlife conservation is. The other thought going through my mind was what it must be like to have dogs and native trackers in pursuit. One feels glad that Zorillas don't live in Cameroon's rain forest habitat. Those poor bongos... Tom K.
  4. ~ This article from France 24 explains the work of Kemit Ecology in Douala, Cameroon, which converts such street waste as fruit and vegetable debris into organic charcoal. Organic charcoal burning emits few greenhouse gases and little smoke, in contrast with regular charcoal.
  5. These articles, from Science Daily and Animal Conservation, delineate the substantial protection afforded to Great Apes by the ongoing presence of conservation researchers. A field study in central Cameroon's Dja Conservation Complex found that gorillas and chimpanzees were tolerant of the presence of researchers, who in turn deterred poachers.
  6. Waza National Park is the Northernmost big national park of the Far north province of Cameroon clos to Lake Chad. The 1700 km2 protects one of the main stronghold for the Kordofan Giraffe (which was formerly considered to be western sse), lions and elephants that migrate between Chad National Park in Nigeria to the small Kalamoue National Park. Cheetahs and wild dogs have been extirpated from Cameroon in the last deceny acording to the literature. This park transforms in a huge floodplain part of the Waza Logone floodplain. The creation of the Maga dam on the Logone river dried up the park in the 80's, since then a project rehabilitaded the floodplain and animals populations increased again. The park is today highly endengered again by poaching and Boko Haram terrorists that kidnapped some french tourists a couple of year ago. This is an old french documentary about the park. Did anyone visited the park? Please share any fresh information about.
  7. Great development to cut back illegal logging! hope it works for poaching as well. When a tree falls to illegal loggers in the forest of the Kalaweit Supayang Nature Conservation Reserve for gibbons in West Sumatra, Indonesia, it most definitely makes a sound—and generates a text message to alert reserve managers. Last summer a tiny, nonprofit start-up calledRainforest Connection installed a handful of old, donated smartphones, each tricked out with a solar charger and reprogrammed to conduct audio surveillance, into the forest canopy. The system quickly brought logging to a halt, says Topher White, a 31-year-old physicist.....

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