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Conservation in DR Congo

Cintia Garai has been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for several years now. During her PhD she studied bonobos in the forest, and after that she started to work for different conservation projects. During her activities she always seeks for the opportunity to make films on different subjects to contribute to conservation efforts.

Eat Fish for Wildlife Conservation – 2017

Making fishponds can serve as alternative activity to hunting and commercial bushmeat trade. In this short documentary we can see how the TL2 Project of the Lukuru Foundation developed a fishpond project for the local communities around the buffer zone of the Lomami National Park. Film supported by Rufford Foundation.

Grey Parrot trade – 2016

This short film demonstrates the difficult conditions of the fight to protect African Grey Parrots in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The governor, recognizing that Maniema Province is an important hub for the illegal trade, declared all commerce of grey parrots in the Province illegal indefinitely. The airport in this Province is closed to parrot transport, but not in Kisangani in Tshopo Province… The result: thousands of parrots are shipped downstream from Maniema on the Congo River to Kisangani each month. Many of them die, but the profit is worth it. And as long as the markets exist, field conservationists will never be able to stop this trade.

Lola ya Bonobo for kids – 2014

The target audience of this film is the children of the schools in Kinshasa, the capital of the DR Congo. And even though nothing can give back the experience of actually seeing firsthand a bonobo moving through the trees – as mirrored by the bright faces of the Congolese children in the film while visiting the sanctuary for the first time – it brings the message, and especially the bonobos, closer to the audience.

Lola ya Bonobo – 2013

In Lingala, one of the official languages of the Congo, it means ‘Paradise of Bonobos’. This is the only rehabilitation center for orphaned bonobos, victims of the bushmeat trade. Lola ya Bonobo is located at the edge of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the only country on Earth, where we can find this species, the bonobo, our closest living relative along with the chimpanzee.