National Geographic : 1951 Mar
From This Tree House the Author "Captured" 67Elephants According tothe game watch ers' logbook inthe building, such alarge herd had never before been seen indaylight atthis site. Keynes had only from 6:15 p.m. to6:45 p.m. tophotograph the animals. Thirty-odd feet up inagiant wild fig tree perches the singular house, some 90miles northeast of Nairobi. Reached by aladder, it sleeps several persons and has a rudimentary washroom. Rain from the roof collects inatank tosupply water. Batteries pro vide electricity for lights. Visitors travel most of the dozen miles from Nyeri by auto mobile, then follow ashort bush trail on foot. They usually ar rive inafternoon and leave after breakfast next day. During the short stay, one may see, inaddi tion toelephants, any or all of the following wildlife: rhinoceros, giant forest hog, buffalo, leopard, hyena, bush pig, bushbuck, water buck, monkey, baboon, duiker (small antelope), and other deni zens of the district. "These animals are not, never have been, tame ordomestic." said the photographer. "This is as natural ahabitat asyou find inEast Africa." Once aleopard climbed into the bungalow by an open window. Apparently thinking itatrap of some sort, the frantic beast madly scratched and tore at walls. Fi nally heripped down apartition and escaped. Wire netting now prevents arepeat performance.