This is too early for planning in detail, but two reasons that I’m starting to think about a my tip to the CAR and the nearby Congo:
1. I heard that as of now, Rod Cassidy received funding to have Sangha lodge opened for another year-and-a-half but I don’t know what will happen afterwards.
2. I’m finishing up my thesis by the end of this year, and there’s no better time to go on a great adventure than right after I finish my hard work for school.
Well – there are other reasons to go there, like… have you seen the mammal list at the lodge?? Also, the black and white-bellied pangolins they rescued are basically semi-wild, going out to forage for ants and then coming back sometimes to hang out with Tamar and Rod. They hang around the vicinity of the lodge but are almost completely wild, and will likely mate with totally wild ones in the (near?) future.
Also it seems that the local people seem to get more efficient at finding their completely wild counterparts. And that’s aside from Pottos, Anomalures, Lowland Gorillas, forest elephants, 10-ish other species of monkeys and galagos, clawless otters, bongos, giant forest and red river hogs, and more. I don’t want to sound like a “birder” (JK) but there are also many many interesting bird species in the area, as you are all probably well aware of.
So I think Max Chiswick and I will be going sometime this coming Jan-March, and if there are 1-2 more people who would like to join, I think it could potentially make it a bit less costly per (and more awesome) for everyone 🙂
It will probably be a 2-3 week adventure in the region not including the international flights. More details tba later on, but if anyone is interested let me know here or via hotmail (yes, I still use hotmail.. lol): firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyway, I will remind y’all about this again when it becomes more relevant, but I’m just planting the idea in your head so that it can ferment for a couple of months until you wake up in the middle of the night, screaming “I’M GOING TO THE CAR WITH TOMER AND MAX!”. You’re welcome.