Can Capitalism save the rainforests?
Night had already fallen when the cry went up: “Elephants!” Twelve – a matriarchal family including three youngsters – have strayed into the garden of a Lopé national park hotel and are foraging in the trees beneath a street lamp for food. It is unusual to see such a large group together, and so close – but fruits are running low. Forest elephants – 90,000 of which live in Gabon, 60 per cent of all their remaining species – are going hungry. They shouldn’t be here. But then neither, really, should we.