National Geographic : 1993 Jul
On Assignment [d is breath would wilt flow ers," says photographer MICHAEL NICHOLS of this walrus, which eats 80 pounds of fish a day in the Tacoma, Washington, zoo. To Nichols zoos stand, on the moral scale, between wilderness and entertainers who use captive ani mals. "Writer Cliff Tarpy and I set out to show zoos' positive changes. Zoos are now a leading method of educating about the natural world, but some have a long way to go." For his next assignment, Nichols is headed for Congo's Ndoki rain forest, one of earth's most isolated regions. "I may wish the animals were in cages," he jokes. "It could take weeks just to get one picture." The human species and its MARIANNESZULC JEFF FOSTER discontent is the theme of our article on Cyprus. There photographer WILLIAM ALBERT ALLARD (below left, at right) and writer TAD SZULC inspect a bullet-torn village, a reminder of the 1974 civil war. Wrapping up his 23rd GEOGRAPHIC project, Allard recalls arriving at Society headquarters as an intern in 1964: "I was fresh out of school, with a wife, four kids, and an inter esting portfolio." He was soon trav eling to places as distant as New Zealand and as close as Pennsylva nia, where he produced an intimate view of Amish folk. Allard has writ ten as well as photographed seven articles, including his home-state tribute to Minnesota's lake country. Fluent in five languages, Polish born Szulc served for 20 years as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times-for which he broke the Bay of Pigs story in 1961. He has since written 15 books. After cover ing "nearly every major political story of the past 30 years," he found Cyprus particularly tough. Sorting out the claims and counterclaims of the island's partisans, he says, was "like swimming in lentil soup." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BY THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER: SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.