Take a good look at this beautiful girl. My research project focused on surveying the bat fauna of the island and we caught this unidentified species a few days ago. We sent pictures and dimensions to the foremost bat expert for Bioko Island, to which he replied something along the lines of “this bat is going to be interesting to identify.” Bats in equatorial Africa are under studied so who knows what will happen. I just think this is a gorgeous creature.
Chamaeleo faea. Very interesting creatures that are next to impossible to find. This girl was pretty reliable though.
This is a young tree hyrax that one of the research volunteers adopted whilst on the Caldera expedition. Sadly enough it died a few days after this picture was taken but such is the course of life. The elephant is the closest living relative to the tree hyrax.
Here is a field of bracken fern atop Pico Biaó, somewhere around 1,900 meters above sea level.
The cascades were very impressive. Just to give some idea of the size of these things, I will note that the above picture is a composition of three photos taken in a portrait orientation and stitched.
The crater lake just over the peak. Absolutely gorgeous. Sorry for the inconsistent sky tones from the photo stitching.
A cow pasture to the west of the village.
Until next time...