In Central African Republic, a hunter has taken the new No. 3 SCI Western bongo. It was taken by Ulrich Spieler hunting with Fred Duckworth Safaris in the Rafai District of the M'bomou Region in the far southeast. (See photo in the Trophy Gallery section of our web site.) This is Zande tribal land, far from the recent disturbances reported in other parts of the country. The concession is operated by Jacques Lemaux, and the PH who led Spieler to the trophy is Thomas Kolaga. Duckworth says this is the third Top Five bongo taken in this area since they began operating there in 2003. Jack Bacon took the No. 4 bongo there in 2006, and Eduard Weiss took the No. 2 bongo last year. We are now looking for the next number one western bongo, says Duckworth.
Asked how this one area could produce so many world record bongo, Duckworth says it is the minerals in the soil of the Bako forests there. He goes on to describe the area as a gently undulating plateau, with densely forested valleys fragmented by open grassland and laterite ridges that allow the operators to penetrate into the concession, expanding the hunting tracks each year. Presently there are two camps and a third is planned for 2009. Hunts are conducted with or without dogs. Interested hunters may contact Duckworth. Get in a good safari somewhere in Africa this season.