One of the bulls from a herd of elephant in Zone 25.
By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
In last month's issue, I covered the first part of my late March/early April trip to the North Region of Cameroon, starting in the southeast of the region in PH Christophe Lemée's Zone 22 on the Vina River and heading across the country to Safaria's Zone 18 bis bordering Faro National Park. From there, I went north to Garoua and traveled back across the North Region to visit several of Mayo Oldiri's areas near Bouba Njida National Park.
In early April I met in Garoua with Kai-Uwe Wollscheid, a forester and game biologist and former director-general of the CIC, and Juan Prieto, who manages antipoaching for Mayo Oldiri. Currently an international consultant, Wollscheid is advising Mayo Oldiri's conservation, antipoaching, and sustainable livelihood programs. Readers should be well acquainted with Mayo Oldiri, the largest safari operator in Cameroon, with four zones in the savanna areas surrounding Benoue National Park and Bouba Ndjida National Park and seven zones in the rainforest of southeastern Cameroon.
We drove to Mayo Vaimba (Zone 11), stopping in Rey-Bouba to see the Fondación Hospital Mayo Rey, built and supported with funds from Mayo Oldiri. This is the only hospital to serve Mayo Rey, the North Region's eastern half. At Mayo Vaimba we met longtime Mayo Oldiri PH Jaoquin Morales, head PH for the savanna camps. He and a client from Mexico City came in at dark with a monster waterbuck, one of the first trophies of the client's late-season safari. They departed the next morning for Djibao on the other side of Bouba Ndjida National Park. Apparently, Vaimba holds more game (including abundant giant eland) earlier in the season, with some antelope moving to graze in Bouba Ndjida on the zone's eastern border during the hottest part of the year....