Monthly Newsletter, April - Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park

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April - Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park

Dear partners,

 

I am pleased to bring you, with a slight delay, the newsletter for Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park for April 2021. April was a busy month for the park, with new radio systems installed for security and ranger operations across our field posts, with ongoing checks during the month of May. This new system will permit permanent, voice contact with all our key sites, and even ranger teams in the field!

 

This newsletter is somewhat overshadowed by the loss we have felt in May: It is with deepest regret that I inform you of the passing of Marcel Ngangoue, the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Head of Conservation and Biodiversity, its Conservator, on the 16th of May. His passing is a great loss for his family, friends and colleagues here at NNNP and across Congo.

 

Marcel was an exemplary leader in his field, providing an excellent role model of calm, assured decisiveness. Myself and Marcel both arrived in Ndoki in 2015, and I saw quickly how he earned the respect of his rangers through leading from the front.

 

When I moved away from the park to work in the neighbouring Likouala province, I could see the revolution he brought, and the team he built bringing in major results, such as the string of arrests in the last few years of high-profile traffickers. It was an honor to have worked with him for the few months I did, and I am deeply saddened he did not get to enjoy his retirement in peace with his family. Next month we will issue a more in-depth memorial for Marcel. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

 

Ben Evans

Park Director | Directeur du Parc                                         

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park | Parc Nationale de Nouabalé-Ndoki

 

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