It’s uncanny how often we discover themes that link features we run in Africa Geographic, serendipitous connections that help us uncover a fuller picture of wildlife and conservation in the continent. Editor Sarah Borchert has herself commented on this very occurrence in an earlier front-of-the-mag column.
Recently we came across a remarkable link between an article that appeared in the November issue and another scheduled for December. In the former, we ran an extract from wildlife photographer and film-maker Alan Root’s recently released, and hilarious, autobiography Ivory, Apes & Peacocks. The man is a true and highly respected adventurer, having ballooned over Mount Kilimanjaro, been bitten by snakes and had a hair-raising encounter with a croc.
The book is really entertaining (watch out for a review on this site later). In it, I learnt that Alan was the person who led Dian Fossey to her first encounter with gorillas on the Virunga volcanoes region of the DRC. The experience so thrilled the shy American occupational therapist that she dedicated herself to gorilla conservation, a task that finally cost her her life. Her story, along with those of Richard Leakey’s other ‘Ape angels’, Jane Goodall and Biruté Galdikas, is featured in the December issue. Don’t miss it; it’s on sale now.