National Geographic : 1961 Sep
Angola, Unknown Africa bulbous eyes, nostrils, and flickering ears as he surfaced to breathe with a resounding snort. In the mounting midday heat, our tunnel became a Turkish bath. Ants crawled up our cramped legs, and biting flies attacked us. Now Mario circled back upstream and crossed the river; with binoculars we watched him stalking through the tall shoreline reeds. Suddenly, near him, the hippo surfaced. Kukuia signaled, and the hunter quickly aimed and fired. The hippo grunted and sank like a torpedoed freighter. In a few hours the carcass, bloated by the fermenting food in its stomach, would rise again. We walked the six miles back to camp, rested for a while, then returned with the truck. The combined strength of its winch and the straining Kuvales hauled the massive animal up the bank. I think we all were struck by the same thought: a pity that such a fine beast must be killed, even to preserve the species in a museum display. Jose took careful measurements and asked me to photograph the hippo and the sur roundings for the diorama artists in Bern. The animal proved of impressive size-11 feet 93/4 inches from snout to tail, and 5 feet 11/2 inches high at the shoulder. One Tribe's Meat Is Another's Fish Kuanyama tribesmen appeared out of no where. Hungrily they watched as our Kuva les removed the hide, skull, and larger bones. Jose selected a few cuts of meat for our selves; then bedlam broke loose as the visi tors pounced on the carcass. They whacked away with their sharp machete-like catanas; somehow clutching fingers escaped intact. We were amazed that our Kuvales showed Autograph Hunters Besiege the Man Who Bagged the Giant of Elephants Each fall Jose FenykBvi, Madrid industrialist and big-game hunter, leaves Europe and heads for his 1,000-acre ranch in Angola. Six years ago, in the southeastern part of the province, he felled a bull elephant which he estimated to weigh 12 tons-largest land animal in modern records. Here he visits the trophy, his gift to the Smithsonian Insti tution in Washington, D. C. Wood and papier-mache support the heavy hide. Senior Fenykovi guided the author through a part of Angola still largely unexplored.