National Geographic : 1911 Jan
WILD MAN AND WILD BEAST IN AFRICA Photo by Kermit Roosevelt. Copyright by Charles Scribner's Sons OUR PORTER HARPER been discovered, along the headwaters of the Nile in mid-Africa. This is much as if the bison had only been known in Canada; had become exterminated there, and had finally been found again in Guatemala. There is just as wide a space of territory in between from which the species had totally disappeared. We ob tained a full series of skins and skeletons of these huge beasts. The two beasts that are the most inter esting to my mind, as indeed they are to most hunters, are the elephant and the lion. A really successful effort is being made to preserve the elephant in East Africa. The bulls are only allowed to be shot after they have reached a certain point in the development of their tusks, and the cows and young stock are not allowed to be killed at all. The result is that, while of course there has been a diminution in the number of elephants, I think that they are now holding their own in many parts of East and Central Africa. Elephants are always interest ing. It is rather exciting to study them in their haunts, because you have to watch them carefully, and there is some risk if you are discovered. I do not myself think that an elephant is quite as dangerous as a buffalo, and I think it considerably less dangerous than a lion.