The Films, Books and Expeditions of John L. Brom
Chapter 7: The Wild Kingdom
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WILD ANIMAL KINGDOM
The nature reserve formerly known as ‘Parc National Albert’ or Albert Park has been highly sought after by picture hunters from all over the world since its inception. Following the independence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the reserve became known as the National Park of Virunga, and continues to promote conservation in the region. The protected area is large— roughly the size of Belgium—and its natural frontiers, including the Virunga Mountains to the west, the Ruwenzori Range on the north, Lake Edward skirting the south, and Lake Albert to the east, all provide the needed isolation for large game to flourish in a changing Africa.
During Brom’s journey from Rutshuru to River Rwindi, he was surrounded by plains full of wild animals, living freely in this large, beautiful reserve. He had great opportunities to film and photograph elephants, grazing stubborn buffalos, omnipresent chimpanzees and other monkeys, antelope of every kind as well as zebras, giraffes and lions. One had to drive slowly as frequently elephants suddenly emerged quite unexpectedly from behind tall grass, or buffalo herds were crossing the road. It was essential to stop quickly as animals tend to charge if surprised and find themselves unable to run.
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