National Geographic : 1961 Sep
Angola, Unknown Africa stitution in Washington, D. C. I had watched the Smithsonian taxidermists reconstruct this majestic tusked beast, and photographed it later in the rotunda of the Natural History Building (page 351). Talking with Sefior Fenykovi at the time, I found him an enthusiastic photographer; graciously, he invited me to join his next ex pedition - a trip to collect a specimen of hip popotamus needed by the Natural History Museum of Bern, Switzerland. Now, six months later, in company with Jose and Sefiora Fenykovi, their guest Miss Jacqueline Cochran, the American aviatrix, and Jose's aide, Mario Pontes de Sousa, I was at the gateway to the fim do mundo. For me it was the prelude to a 6,000-mile journey across mountains, plains, and rich planta tions, as well as jungles, deserts, and modern cities of this fascinating land. With us also were three Kuvale game track ers and the Fenykovis' Spanish cook, Man ola, who could perform miracles in a kitchen or bush camp. We crossed the Cubango and drove downstream through trackless bush and open grasslands and pitched our tents beside a wide stretch of the river where Jose previously had seen many hippos. Playing Tag With a Wounded Hippo Early next morning we hiked to the spot Jose had explored. There I stationed myself with Kukuia, one of the Kuvale trackers, in a hippo tunnel- a path up the riverbank among the reeds - through which the beasts came at night to feed. Jose, Mario, and tracker Petene moved cautiously downstream. Soon we heard the crack of Jose's rifle. He had wounded a hippo, and it had submerged. At intervals we got glimpses of the animal's KODACHROME(BELOW) AND HS EKTACHROMEBY VOLKMARWENTZEL, NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF 349 N.G.S.