National Geographic : 2001 Mar
cook a freeze-dried meal, and collapse into a dead sleep by 7:30. I once awoke to find millions of carnivorous driver ants covering my tent and the ground outside. I sealed the tent zipper, waited for help, and read. Aides who tended camp while I was away arrived on schedule six hours later. They doused the ants with pails of water, routing them back toward the forest. Gorging on frogs, a hammerkop gobbles a wrig gling meal (top). A mother elephant bolted with her calf when she caught my scent. A Nile monitor frequently showed up, passing by in its search for bird eggs, insects, snakes, or snails, which it crunches and swallows like popcorn.