The Last Eden: a remote African rain forest

A trip into a remote African rain forest is a journey back in time to a world where the animals have never encountered humans. Will this treasure be preserved?

Ndokanda, a bangombe pygmy, hunkers down beside me. Holding the bridge of his nose, he lets out a loud bray -- his dead-on imitation of the cry of small rain-forest animals called duikers. These deerlike creatures make the noise in the throes of giving birth, and Pygmies imitate it because other duikers come running when they hear the call. This time, however, the braying attracts a large band of chimpanzees, drawn by the prospect of dining on vulnerable duikers. For a moment I feel the shiver of being hunted.

But when the chimps spot the Pygmy and his three white companions,...

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