January 1, 2013 by Krista Morgan
Meet Adam Finck.
Yes, he’s good looking. But he’s also a smarty-pants and is our Director of Programs in central Africa. He recently traveled to DR Congo and brought along his handy iPhone. Which obviously translates to behind-the-scenes-instagram-filtered photos.
On patrol with park rangers in Garamba National Park (GNP). GNP has been a safe haven for the LRA since 2006 when Kony and his forces were forced out of Uganda and took to hiding in the park. LRA groups continue to hide in this vast forest, setting up camps for days or weeks at a time, and launching attacks into neighboring communities.
No hippos were harmed during this Instagram photo. (yes, they’re hippos – not ducks)
Margaux, one of our field staff in DRC, making friends in Garamba during one of the rangers’ daily patrols.
Last month, our staff traveled through Garamba to link in their ranger stations to Invisible Children’s early warning radio network. Much of the park is a forested Savannah, with dense forest opening up to vast grass clearings, like this one. The LRA inhabiting the park live off of poached game meat and supplies that they loot from nearby communities.
Your’e officially in Garamba National Park. Welcome.
Crossing rivers takes some ingenuity…and a little elbow grease.
There’s those hippos again.
Refueling at a ranger station in the southern end of GNP.
Park rangers patrol Garamba each day, looking for signs of poaching and armed group activity. Park rangers recently tracked and clashed with an LRA group that was poaching giraffe in the park.
Luis Arranz has dedicated the last five years of his life to the conservation of GNP. As the park’s director, he oversees operations to protect wildlife & drive the LRA and poachers out of Garamba. Recent reports show that the LRA have increasingly been poaching elephants for their ivory. The park’s elephant population has fallen from 20,000 to just 2,000 elephants over the last three decades, with more elephant carcasses being found every month.