DRC Salonga Region, 2022:

Koen Betjes: a report of a longterm stay, with 38 species including bonobo, Allen’s Swamp Monkey, Giant Otter Shrew, Giant Pangolin and Water Chevrotain.

This is a report from Southern part of the Congo forests. This report is not a typical trip report, but rather a summary of my observations while working as a biodiversity monitoring researcher in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a couple of months. While this is not a traditional trip, I still feel it is interesting to share my experiences and observations from a country that is not often visited. It includes all primates known in the region and a range of interesting species like Giant Pangolin, Giant Otter Shrew, Water Chevrotain, Long-nosed Mongoose, Alexander’s Kusimanse and Red River Hog.

DRC Salonga NP mammal watching

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  • Jon Hall

    What a fantastic set of mammals! Is it hard to visit as a tourist?

    • KoenBetjes

      I haven’t heard of many tourists going there. It is 2 full days from the nearest airstrip of only walking, crossing rivers, swamps before reaching the camp. Also Salonga NP itself don’t offer anything for tourists to visit. I think Lomako and Lac Tumba are better options for now. Lomako, would be similar in mammal diversity, besides the golden bellied mangabey.

  • tomeslice

    Quite an amazing report!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • maurice-tijm

    An absolute joy to read Koen! So many incredible and hard to reach mammals. The photos give a feel like we where there on those very remote trails!

  • Daan Drukker

    Thrilling Koen! Are the photos of the Boehms bush squirrel somewhere on a citizen science platform?

  • Daan Drukker

    Ah never mind, I found it: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/144658223. The Paraxerus and Funisciurus squirrels of the Congo basin are still very unknown indeed. I should dive into it even more (or better go down there)

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