THE GOLDEN ELEPHANTS OF DZANGA BAI
Deep in the African rain forest where the Central African Republic, Cameroun, and the Congo come together, there is a swampy clearing of mineral and salt-rich mud where hundreds of elephants come to soak in the mud to absorb the minerals, turning their skin golden. Other forest animals congregate here as well – buffalo, sitatunga and bongo antelope. In the mountains nearby, there are an uncountable number of gorillas. The clearing is called Dzanga Bai by the native Ba’aka Pygmies who live in small encampments in the forest.
We conducted our Gorillas and Pygmies expedition here in 2012. It was an unforgettable experience, never to be repeated. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #278 photo ©Jack Wheeler)