Last fall, Wyoming environmental activist Bruce Hayse
and friends set out to explore one of the world's last true
wildernesses (see photos from the expedition).
Africa's Haut Chinko region is so remote, potentially dangerous,
and, in many respects, god-awful, that nobody knows if
there's anything else in there besides game poachers
and tsetse flies. Hayse's group went in to see for
themselves, take their punishment, and start the
process of helping preserve it.
Was it real explorationor just an adventure? Mike
Finkel's terrific account of the expedition ("Crazy in the
Congo," page 120) captures the fine line between pointlessness
and purpose. However improvisational and seat-of-the-pants their
little undertaking turned out to be, I come down on the side of
the worthwhile. Places like the Chinko are important to the world.
Let's talk about what we can do to help.
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