Free As The Wind Blows

In a few unspoiled spots on earth, wild things still roam, and their guardian angels work to protect every animal's place in the sun

KENYA'S ELEPHANT TEAM You Might Not Buy Ivory If You Saw This Family

Parked on a grassy bank in her 15-year-old, blue-green Land Rover, elephant researcher Cynthia Moss peers through her binoculars at a group of females and calves 200 ft. in front of us. It is late afternoon, and Moss and I have driven from her camp in Kenya's Amboseli National Park to the eastern edge of nearby Longinye swamp. Our job: to count and identify the elephants as observers in an airplane estimate numbers from above. Behind us, across the border in Tanzania, looms the hulking mass of Africa's...

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