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Elephant Ivory Project: Young Explorers Face Poachers, Bush Meat, and No Sign of Elephants

Riding a motorbike through the savannah By Trip Jennings and Kyle Dickman; Photographs by Terese Hart and the Bonobo in Congo Project There was a shootout. Andy and I weren’t there, but we learned through satellite text messages that Colonel Gui and his soldiers from the Congolese army ran into the bandits somewhere between Kisangani…

Legendary Kayaker Hendri Coetzee Honored With Sunset River Memorial in Uganda

 By Andrew Tolve; Photograph courtesy Chris Korbulic  The Itanda Falls in eastern Uganda are a treacherous, quarter-mile run of rapids lined by dense jungle and heaving with Class VI whitewater from top to bottom. Hendri Coetzee, the South African kayaker killed by a crocodile on the Lukuga River in December 2010, considered this “big water kayaking in…

Year of the Gorilla: Using Ecotourism to Beat the Bushmeat Trade

With bushmeat trade on the rise and gorillas the decline, there's never been a better time to make the trek to Africa to check out these wild yet humanlike beasts for yourself. Let's face it, in a few more years, you may not have the chance. An undercover investigation conducted by Endangered Species International recently revealed that…

Headliners: Adventure in 60 Seconds

Text by Keith Rutowski Found: History, Bones, TreasureThe Florida-based treasure-hunting firm Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. announced their discovery of Admiral John Balchin's legendary warship, the HMS Victory, in the frigid waters of the English Channel. Lost 265 years ago during a fierce gale, the wreck contains a pirate's delight of gold coins, possibly valued at over $1…

News: Congo Rebel Arrest Leaves Mountain Gorillas’ Fate Uncertain, Again

Photograph by Brent Stirton / Reportage by Getty Images In our March 2009 issue, writer Mark Jenkins examines how the bloody upheaval in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has affected one of the planet’s largest populations of mountain gorillas. His story focuses on the head ranger of Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode, who…

News: Congo’s Surprise Lowland Gorillas Spur Conservation Efforts

Text by Mindy Zacharjasz The Republic of the Congo just gained a few more residents: An extensive Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) census found 125,000 western lowland gorillas in the area—that’s more than double the number of the critically endangered subspecies than scientists previously thought existed on Earth. "These figures show that northern Republic of Congo…