W.R. Leigh was the artist on Carl Akeley's African specimen-hunting expedition on behalf of New York's Museum of Natural History. "Carl Akeley selected me to accompany him to Africa in 1926 for the Museum of Natural History of New York. He picked me because I had painted many panoramas in Europe, and had studied twelve years in [Europe and] also because I had had much experience in our Western states in painting the wild life there and knew rough camp life. Since childhood I had devoured all the books I could get on Africa. Sir Samuel Baker, Livingstone, Stanley, and Colonel Patterson's The Man-Eaters of Tsavo were the principal ones. I had gathered the idea that Africa was mostly jungle, extremely hot, pestilential, with cannibals, tsetse flies, fever, snakes, and man-eating lions. ...But... two thirds of Africa I found lifted between six and seven thousand feet above sea level; not hot, but gloriously delightful, ...bright, ...open, ...extremely salubrious. Doomed all too soon to be a vanished world, Africa needs artists more than she needs the historians and the scientists." The author adjusts our preconceptions very readably, with many good illustrations made on the spot. Includes accounts of the origins of some of Leigh's famous museum dioramas. A fine book. Chapters include: Carl Akeley; Lukenia; The Klipsringer; New things; The Waso Nyiro; The Water-Hole Group; The Black Buffalo; The Tinga-Tinga Mcubwa; Into the Swamp; The Plains; Night on The African Plains; Gorilla; The Volcanoes; The Saddle Camp; Alone in the jungle; Monster apes and midget men; Farewell to the Congo; Back to Kabale; The lake; Night with an African shepherd; Up the escarpment; Back to Nairobi; Return to Africa; In the Masai country; Black-Maned Lions; The Greater Koodoo.