It is 5am, it’s pitch black and I am drenched in sweat, picking my way through dense rainforest underbrush. I am with a small team of nature enthusiasts and researchers, searching for an elusive group of 23 bonobos (pygmy chimpanzees) in the remote Tshuapa Lomami Lualaba (TL2) region, named after three rivers, in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Even by the light of our head torches, the recently cut path is barely discernible.

Two hours later, we come to a halt; dawn is rising. We turn off our torches. According to the GPS reading, taken the previous evening as the bonobos ...


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