East Africa: The Great Elephant Hunt

A light plane buzzed through the clear morning air above Kenya's Tsavo National Park. In the rolling bushland below grazed herds of zebra, kudu, oryx and hartebeest, swishing away flies with their tails. Suddenly, from the middle of a patch of thorn trees, flashed the white flick of an egret, constant companion of the African elephant. It was what the pilot had been looking for. He radioed the position to the ground, and within minutes a helicopter arrived. Two white hunters climbed out and disappeared into the tangle of thorn trees. There...

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