Pygmies, an indigenous people who have lived in the forests for centuries, continue to hunt the ancient way, tying up nets and attempting to scare animals into their traps.
Though they know every corner of the forest, after six hours, their hunt proved fruitless.
One pygmy man we spoke to through a translator said, "I am very angry because I can't find animals. Before, it was much easier."
Groups, like the World Wildlife Fund, are launching public education campaigns to convince people not to eat bushmeat. They're also helping to pay for armed forest guards to protect the animals, confiscate guns and snare traps from poachers.
But conservationists say much more needs to be done -- both in the U.S. and in Africa -- to stop a trend that poses a mortal threat to some of the most spectacular animals on the planet and quite possibly to all of us as well.