National Geographic : 2000 Oct
ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY Final Edit MEGATRANSECT Gorilla Gathering One hundred three and counting. That's the number of lowland gorillas researchers in Congo have identified at this natural clearing called Mbeli Bai, a hot spot for the study of gorilla social life. "It's hard to see gorillas in the forest, but this place is wide open," says staff photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols, who visited Mbeli while doing reconnaissance for the Megatransect story in this issue. Gorillas are a favorite subject for Nichols, so it was hard to leave this picture out of the article. "But we knew that the next section of the Mega transect would take us through gorilla territory'," says Illustrations Editor Kathy Moran, who guided the project. "We decided to gamble on covering the animals there." Did Nick find them? Stay tuned for part two of this epic adventure in spring 2001. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * OCTOBER 2000 You can send this picture as an electronic greeting card at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/finaledit/0010.