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By Willard Price

Hal and Roger Hunt fly immediately into the jaws of dying once they subscribe to warden Mark Crosby in Tsavo, an African park the place poaching is enormous enterprise. And with a gang abandoning a blood-stained path of terror and torture, the warmth is on for the brothers to unravel the string of mysterious murders -- sooner than they too develop into sufferers.

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It is going to definitely get killed if it remains the following. It belongs within the inner most, darkest jungle within the northern Congo, or with reference to it. No white guy knew it existed till sixty years in the past. The pygmies knew approximately it and instructed white hunters approximately it yet not anyone believed them. i ponder what number different animals there are hidden away within the jungle that we all know not anything approximately. The okapi is particularly shy. He by no means got here out and confirmed himself. He concealed for thirty million years. ’ Roger wrinkled his brow. ‘Did you assert thirty million? ’ ‘Naturalists understand now that the species is that outdated. The okapi has been known as a dwelling fossil. so much animals swap, develop greater, or smaller, or develop into extinct. The okapi has stayed an analogous all that point. yet now the poachers are after him and the possibilities are that very quickly this thirty-million-year-old attractiveness will disappear. ’ ‘Where do we take him the place he’ll be secure? ’ ‘Nowhere,’ acknowledged Crosby gloomily. ‘Nowhere can be secure. yet there's a position that the poachers haven’t discovered but and maybe won’t for it slow. It’s an immense island in Lake Victoria. It’s known as Rubondo. It has fifty-five thousand acres of dense wooded area - simply the type the okapi loves. it's been put aside as a video game sanctuary and it's safe by means of waters which could get very wild and stormy and poachers who try and get there are apt to be drowned. you may be drowned too. There’s no airfield at the island. you would need to convey your airplane down at the mainland after which constitution a ship or raft to take you and the okapi over to the island. might be you’d really no longer attempt it. ’ ‘It doesn’t sound too bad,’ stated Hal. ‘I consider it can purely take an hour or as a way to ferry throughout to the ‘island. ’ Crosby smiled. ‘More than that. Victoria is the second one biggest lake on this planet. Your voyage-to the island may take fifteen hours. And in case you didn’t have approximately 5 storms at the manner I’d be a lot stunned. I can’t ask you to take the danger - it’s as much as you. ’ ‘We’ll go,’ Hal stated. ‘If you’ll express us tips to get there’ again within the place of work, Crosby opened up the map of East Africa. bankruptcy 18 The treehouse ‘The Aberdares are the following, north of Nairobi. You land at Nyeri then trek in to Treetops. You’ve heard of Treetops? ’ ‘Of path. The lodge perched within the most sensible branches of a large Cape chestnut. ’ ‘Most of the wooded area timber there are giants. The colobus will love them. remain in a single day up within the treehouse. the following morning, fly 300 miles south-west to Mwanza on Lake Victoria. right here it really is. And there’s Rubondo Island, 100 miles around the lake. ’ ‘When will we depart? ’ ‘If you must go away now, you can also make Treetops sooner than darkish. ’ ‘Let’s go,’ stated Roger. The animal passengers weren't rather so enthusiastic. the 2 rear seats of the aircraft have been got rid of to make room for them. The okapi in a close-fitting bamboo cage used to be pushed to the touchdown box and 5 males hoisted the animal aboard. ‘Won’t he be too heavy for the airplane? ’ Roger questioned. ‘No,’ stated the warden. ‘You have a 250-horsepower engine there. it's going to raise and a part lots.

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