Returning to Kombo Camp
by Mike Loomis
March 26, 2003
We traveled from Djembe to Kombo today. We traveled by pirogue (a type of dugout canoe) up the Sangah River, stopping at a Wildlife Conservation Society camp called Mombongo, which is located in Noubali-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo. Three of my colleagues—Steve Blake, Sharon Deem, and Robin Radcliff—are staying there while collaring elephants in Congo.
After a brief visit, we continued up river to Bomassa, another WCS camp. There we changed to a larger pirogue, and continued to Libongo. The boat trip lasted from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. While approaching Libongo, we ran into the tri-national anti-poaching unit that had recently captured two poachers and confiscated their equipment.
From Libongo, we drove on to the Kombo camp, finally arriving at 8:30 pm. The river trip was very hot and tiring, and it took two hours longer than last week's trip to Djembe because we were traveling against the current and had a smaller engine in the boat. Everyone was very tired when we arrived. We'll be back out in the field soon.
About the author:
Dr. Mike Loomis is Chief Veterinarian at the North Carolina
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