Selous Game Reserve: Inside Africa’s largest protected area; Maureen O’Hare; CNN

Tanzania – Selous Game Reserve

(CNN) — It’s bigger than Switzerland and has one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. It has more lions than any other game reserve. It’s one of the most diverse undisturbed ecosystems on the planet.

So why have few people outside of Tanzania ever heard of its Selous Game Reserve?

A book by American photographer Robert J. Ross could help change all that.

With photos culled from more than 100,000 shot over four years, “The Selous in Africa: A Long Way from Anywhere” captures the fauna, flora and dramatic landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage site. As Ross tells CNN, it’s like the reserve has been “hiding in plain sight.”

“I went there initially just to do a couple of magazine stories, but after a couple of weeks in one small part of the reserve, I realized how incredibly beautiful it is, how varied. It’s still an incredibly wild and pristine place.”

The threat of poaching

However, in recent years Selous has seen a dramatic increase in poaching and other threats to the reserve’s environment.

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