(3) I conducted my research in Zoulabot-Ancien village and Ndongo village in the East Province of Cameroon, from January 8 to March 31, 2003.
The Baka enter into the forests for extended hunting and gathering expeditions (molongo), especially in the dry season. I was initially planning to go together with them, but they did not conduct a "molongo" this year.
Consequently, I planned another research project on elephant hunting and cable snare hunting, two forms of hunting that have increased sharply since a logging road was opened to the village.
They hunt 15 to 30 elephants a year, at the request of poachers who come with guns. The cable snares are mainly used to catch duikers and bush pigs, but pangolins, buffalos, leopards and chimpanzees are also sometimes caught.
These hunting activities are of course illegal, since they take place inside of a national park.
The national park and logging road have placed opposing pressures on the Baka. The logging road makes it easier for them to catch wild game, whereas the national park makes it more difficult.
The next subject to be examined is how their hunting activity will change within this complex situation.