Science: The Ox of Cambodia

Last year Zoologist Charles Wharton, an adventurous young (28) scientist financed by the Coolidge Foundation, set out for Cambodia to study the kouprey, an elusive and nearly extinct wild ox. Back in the U.S. last week, he had learned a lot about the kouprey, despite the hazards of scientific research in IndoChina's guerrilla-infested jungles.

With an American photographer, a French guide and an escort of 70 Cambodian soldiers, Wharton established a study camp close to the kouprey country. There are only about 500 koupreys left, and although they are big animals (5 ft. 6 in. at the shoulders), they are as shy...

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