During the expedition the team captured the rare otter shrew, Micropotamogale ruwenzorii, a true ‘living fossil’ whose kin were around when dinosaurs walked the planet.
This rare species had been only known by a few specimens from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. As a follow-up to this survey, Kerbis Peterhans, with the help of The Field Museum’s ‘Africa’ Council, brought a Rwandan colleague, Nicolas Ntare, to Chicago for a three-month internship where he will learn to prepare, catalogue, and identify the specimens collected. Ntare arrived in Chicago on February 12. Kerbis Peterhans and Ntare will continue to work together and eventually co-author a publication on the small mammal biodiversity of the park.