Incredibly, many entomologists suffer from arachnophobia - the fear of spiders. This is a beautifully written piece by EO Wilson, one of the greatest ecologists who (suprisingly) has a mild fear of spiders stemming from a childhood encounter.
The beautiful language, lucid descriptions, and stunning visuals make this piece a must-read.
At the end of a long rutted road in the park sits a conspicuous artifact in the midst of wilderness. Built in 1970, the Hippo House was the vantage point, the antigo miradouro, from which well-heeled tourists, cool drinks in hand, watched wildlife herds as they grazed over the vast floodplain grassland below. Today the herds are back, but the house is a seldom-visited ruin. During the Mozambique civil war, almost all the buildings of Gorongosa National Park were torn down or blown away, leaving behind a few remnants scarred by bullets. The house had been reduced to a shell of its original self.