A fascinated audience at the Lisbon Geographical Society heard the account of biologist Michael Fay on Tuesday, who together with photographer Nick Nichols, explored and registered an unmapped area of central Africa, like modern-day Stanley Livingstones.
A 3,000-kilometre, 15-month trip took the team into the largest unexplored forest in central Africa, where it is estimated that 12 such areas still exist, unblemished by the hand of man. When they arrived, the main difficulty was to engage, and keep, the services of a group of Pygmies as bush-beaters, thereafter the principal hazards being the 1,050 encounters with enraged elephants, the insects and the raging rivers.
Apart from the elephants and insects, they came across groups of gorillas, poisonous snakes and enormous trees, some of which were 60 metres high. One of the last areas untouched and unspoiled by humans shall remain unnamed by PRAVDA.Ru.
Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY PRAVDA.Ru
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