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One of my favorite things is to talk to animals. When I was a kid I would go out on hikes with my dog - Bugsy - and we’d go hiking and climbing and exploring. But when we stopped for a lazy lunch or when it was the middle of the night with a sky full of stars (I usually sleep out in the open on the rocks) I loved talking to him - mushing up his face. He liked it when we put our heads together. (He also liked it when bears came by at night so he could wake me up and go nuts barking and go chase them away). But as those of us who talk to animals - know - they listen. They also talk back in their own ways. Talking can smooth a horse, birds will cock their head, even bears can understand when our words are calm, or full of panic. I’ve spoken to some elephants that had the most amazing responses.
This elephant wanted to sleep on me. He kept leaning that big head on mine and closing his eyes. I was trying to tell him how that wouldn’t work... poor guy.
I won’t be responding to comments on this post for a few weeks - I’m headed out to the wild for a while. Won’t be posting until September most likely 🤘
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When people ask me if there is hope for wildlife I tell them about India 🇮🇳India has over a billion people living within its boundaries and yet somehow manages to have more Tigers and more Asian Elephants than anywhere else on earth. This is no accident. It is not easy. People care about their wild heritage in India and fight hard against the forces that would and could push species like tigers over the edge and into extinction. If India, with all of its myriad cultures and bursting population can manage to save viable populations of wildlife - then it is possible literally anywhere else. .
I came to India in 2008 for one reason - I wanted to see a tiger before they went extinct. I had no idea it would take over 6 years of hiking and searching before it happened - it’s a journey that completely changed my life. It’s because of tigers I went to India. It’s because I went to India I met my wife @gowrivaranashi She and I have been researching human / wildlife conflict for years - hiking the footprints of elephants through south India’s coffee plantations and jungles. We’ve fallen asleep to the sound of roaring tigers. And it’s because of these experiences that my upcoming book is possible. I cannot wait to share it with you all. Thank you India. .. .
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Hey so everyone seemed to have such a good time with that video of the machete wound I figure I should post some more GORE. This time from Asia.
ONE YEAR AGO: I was waking along a stream and watching a group of elephants on the other side. I was pretty far from them and the stream separated us so I was a safe distance away. So I thought until I came face to ass with a full grown BULL ELEPHANT. He trumpeted, bitch-slapped a tree into splinters and charged. I RAN. And for thirty seconds had the closest call of my life. Hands down. It was not a mock charge. This elephant wanted to kill me, was trying to. In the end I flung myself off the stream bank and down onto the rocks - the elephant almost came down on top of me. But he couldn’t climb down. Instead he threw a stick at me with his trunk and kicked rocks onto me from above. I gave him the finger. Then everything went red.
When the elephant left I went and got my bag. Took some DSLR selfies, and was so thankful to be alive that I smiled the rest of the day! .
Now the serious part of this is that elephants are so desperate for forest, and so traumatized by humans - that they are becoming violent. The bull that chased me has no doubt had bad experiences with humans before. It’s actually really sad that they get pushed to that point. Hopefully the chase was cathartic for him - He did a hell of a good job trying to kill me!👏 .
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Ok so yesterday I got it wrong and posted for #worldelephantday but actually that is TODAY. This is not an elephant - it’s animal that for me was legendary - that I read about as a little kid. They said Indian pythons were declining in the wild, I remember hoping I got to see one when I was older. Anyway, years of searching for snakes in India and I never saw one - until now! @gowrivaranashi and I were deep in the jungle and this python was just moving up the stream. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. We walked right beside it and the snake didn’t mind at all. What a beautiful animal! And for all you who keep asking me what you should do if you see a snake - it’s all about respect - you don’t bother them and they won’t bother you. This moment was an absolute dream come true - Indian python IN the Jungle... *ALso - notice the tongue flicking even under the water!!! 😍😎🐍🐍
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*Sound on* It’s #worldelephantday
This big girl didn’t want us to go. It was adorable. I think she just needed a kiss 😘 You can see her trunk coming in through the window checking us out. You can also see her orange eye 👁 bulge at the end - she was a little scared of the car (they hate the sound of the motor). And that’s just it. These animals have opinions, fears, things that annoy them, things they love. They are so much like us (as if that’s the criteria that makes a creature worthy of existence). The point is they are emotionally complex, exert a massive influence on the world around them, and deserve respect. Always. And don’t be fooled by the radio collar - this is a WILD elephant 🙏✊🐘🐘🐘🐘✊🙏
I’m posting elephants and wild content from India this week in celebration for the my new book, also for @showrunnerproductions @netflix 72:Asia. This work was partly funded by the @geosocietyphila - and major thanks to @neetimahesh & @gowrivaranashi - 😎
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SPECTACLED COBRA!! I’m sharing this pic again for all the people who are new. Also TODAY the 72 Dangerous Animals: Asia is out on @netflix - thanks to @showrunnerproductions !!! And thank you to @gowrivaranashi for capturing this moment!
I've spent so much time searching. Since 2008 when I first came to India I hoped to find a spectacled cobra and never did. It's been so many years that I stopped hoping. And just this month I've spent SO MUCH time actively searching for snakes and have found nothing. Then when you least expect it - coming back from coffee and mangalore buns in the village - there it is! // I guess some people could play it cool in this situation but I think the picture captures my emotion pretty well - I was beyond stoked. This something I'd always dreamed of seeing.
What an incredible animal. I had no stick going into this encounter and so was just dancing around, trying to stall for time. Thankfully Gowri was on point and like magic I had a stick in my hand. That's when I was able to get a sense of this new snake. The cobra was not interested in playing. She wanted nothing but to go on her way and stay out of trouble. She didn't even really hood up until I got close - otherwise if I had just been walking, she would have just sped off. Throughout the whole thing I had Steve Irwin's voice in my ear: 'You're alright mate, you're alright' .
For me snakes bookend so many amazing days and memories. Of course I love seeing beautiful animals and new species but it ends of being more about who I'm with. I love having the chance to show others. I'll never forget my very first snake (@capozzalo ) First copperhead. First black rat snake in a tree with my mom and dad and sis when I was six years old. First anaconda with (@juanjuliodurandtorres) That boa constrictor in the swamp (@anya_sita @anil_chinnaiah @isha_ela ) First sumatran spitting cobra. And so many others. This time @gowrivaranashi @meeshupork @dilemmakading - we got the show of a lifetime from this awesome cobra. What a great day!
Lastly it was encouraging that local people, villagers and land owners both, seemed to respect the cobra. They were happy to let it go -
Without the books I read (and which my parents read to me) as a child, my life would be drastically different. Books made me want to have adventures, travel. As an adult I can’t read enough - I love the feeling of wanting to do nothing but to be in the book I’m reading. And I hate it when a good one ends and I’m just devastated for days...! .
As an author, it is inspiring to meet people from all over the world – US, Asia, Africa, New Zealand and so many other places – who reach out after reading my book. So many people make pilgrimages to the jungle. Many more write letters about how after reading MOG they want to pursue their own dreams. Some report making plans to take action to protect wildlife and ecosystems. It humbling to see the ripples. .
Books are windows to the universe, the antidote for airports, and they have to power to change lives. They certainly changed mine. Which books changed your life the most? Where’s your favorite place to read? It’s #nationalbookloversday #booklovers #bookloversday .
They fly through the forest like pure magic. Flashing blue in all that deep green shadow. They vanish when the wings close. The underside is drab leafy camo. So they appear and disappear as they go - the microscopic iridescent scales blasting blue light that’ll take your breath away. I’d never see one this close. The moment I opened my fingers it flew - 🦋🦋🦋
Before you go judging me - I’m pretty damn good with a machete - it’s the tool I use more than anything else I’m professional life. But on this day it was raining and I slipped. The blade actually stuck in my leg THOCK! and hung there for a moment. It was pretty wild - I actually got to see my bone (and how often do ya get to see that!? 😜) My favorite part of this though is @mohsinkazmitakespictures ‘s face - that head shake 😂 Thanks for the duct-tape bandage work brother! ✊
Also just for the record we DID go to the swamps that night and caught a big old caiman - it’s a wonder this thing didn’t get infected. Thankfully I heal like Wolverine ;) .
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Snakes posses a hypnotic and enchanting power in our minds and hold a singular place in human mythology; from the Garden of Eden, to the Rod of Asclepius, to the great creatures of Amazonian Rivers. They have been both feared or and worshiped throughout the centuries. We set out to shed the vast obscurity for a brief and authentic tactile connection to the nonhuman world - searching through the Amazon, often at night, sometimes in swamps far deeper than we could tell, in search of a sensory tactile moment capable of bridging the nearly opaque boundary between species.
I want to thank everyone that came out to support Scales and Skin. Because of your support our journey will continue and we will be going farther towards understanding the human relationship to snakes than anyone has before.
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Goodbye to a legend. Dr. Alan Rabinowitz did more and felt more deeply for wildlife than just about anyone I know - he has always been and will continue to be a major source of inspiration to me. This was someone that walked the walk - and spent his life fighting for wildlife. If you don’t know about him read his books, and learn from the best. I’ve copied a little bit below - it is staggering what he accomplished.
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the world’s leading big cat experts and has been called "the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation’" by TIME Magazine. Dr. Rabinowitz graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1981 with an M.S. in zoology and a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology, and is currently the Chief Scientist of Panthera. Prior to co-founding Panthera with the organization’s Chairman, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Dr. Rabinowitz served as the Executive Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Conservation Society for almost 30 years.
Dr. Rabinowitz has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets. His work in Belize resulted in the world's first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of that country's largest protected area and last piece of intact lowland forest; his work in Thailand generated the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats, in what was to become the region's first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar has led to the creation of five new protected areas, including the country's first marine national park, first and largest Himalayan national park, and the world’s largest tiger reserve in the Hukaung Valley. In northern Myanmar, Dr. Rabinowitz also discovered a new large mammal species and the world’s most primitive deer, the leaf deer.
So many people comment on my photos and ask about taking risks. They ask how I can take risks with snakes and tigers and getting lost out in the Jungle. But those are not the risks that scare me. This past three years have been a far greater kind of risk. Imagine working on something for HOURS every day - Every.Single.Day - for YEARS on end - with no guarantee whatsoever that the work you are doing will pay off, or be in any way successful. It's honestly terrifying. That's what writing is like - that’s what being an author is like.
I’ve been bursting at the seams this past week - absolutely over-boiling with excitement to share the news that MY SECOND BOOK IS GOING TO BE PUBLISHED! The exploration in the Jungles of India that became this new book has taken me to places that have redefined my view of the world. In the coming months I’ll be taking you on that journey. For now I am full of thanks and relief and need to take a big breath before the plunge - over the next year I’ll be intensely editing (which might actually be harder than the writing!) and finishing the final touches so that in the fall of 2019 this book can be born.
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