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When the largest herd of elephants in Africa reinvests its original lands


REPORT - In 2020, 574 elephants returned to Virunga National Park on their own half a century after leaving it. Le Figaro Magazine was the first media on site to document this exceptional phenomenon. A report to rediscover on the occasion of the day...

From our special correspondents in the Democratic Republic of Congo Vincent Jolly (text) and Brent Stirton / Getty Images for Le Figaro Magazine (photos)

Aboard his Bat Hawk plane, Anthony Caere cuts through the air with an agility worthy of the South African raptor who gave his name to this model of aircraft.

Under its wings, the southern shores of Lake Edward pass by at full speed.

A few hippos pop up in the sparkling waters under the rays of the sun.

We take a bend above the Rutshuru River, which sinks like an eel into the bush.

After a few minutes on low ground above the stream, we regain height.

Suddenly they are there.

Like a vision of reborn hope.

A quick glance is enough to spot them on the horizon.

From afar, and at the altitude where we are flying, we think we see gigantic columns of gray ants criss-crossing the savannah.

No ants, however, nor traffickers, but elephants.

Hundreds of elephants.

Too much to be...

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Source: lefigaro

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