Animals: Bush Things

The Basenji is a smallish, chestnut-brown African dog, sturdy, compact and bony. Catlike, it slinks, catlike washes its face with its paws. The name means ''bush thing." Unique characteristic of the Basenji is that it does not bark; it utters only one noise, "GROOO!" Breeders be lieve its lineage can be traced back to the Twelfth Egyptian Dynasty. Since then countless generations of Africans, legend says, have succeeded in breeding out its bark, for the sake of silence not in the home but on the hunt.

In the Belgian Congo the Basenji is highly...