Travel / Wildlife: A Park Where Freedom Reigns

Eighty-four-year-old South African tobacco baron Anton Rupert returned last week from a grand tour of Europe. But he didn't buy any paintings. He was collecting money, lots of it, from corporate and personal friends for what will be some of the largest tourist attractions on Earth. His organization, the Peace Parks Foundation, has brought the idea of the transborder park to southern Africa, where it has the potential to spark a socioeconomic transformation of the region.

The first one, Kgalagadi, which means Land of Thirst, was created last year by merging two parks that straddled the border of South Africa and...

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