Who here wants to go do some exotic traveling this June and in the process, get some highly-desired radio-tracking and field biology experience — and at the same time learn how to take better photos? Caesar Rahman, myself, and Ash Wiscovitch are organizing such an event based out of Lawachara National Park in Northeastern Bangladesh and we still have room for a few more participants.
Caesar Rahman is the founder of the Bangladesh Python Project. This project is a first of its kind in Bangladesh, with an aim to save the endangered Burmese Python and Elongated Tortoise from disappearing altogether. Ash Wisco and I are both involved with the Python Project as well and are also professional photographers. We will be assisting the group with the radio tracking and field work but also will be giving professional photo workshops to whomever desires them. Get real hands on experience and unlimited time with 2 wildlife photographers for 2 weeks!
$1,700USD covers 15 days of accommodations, transportation, fresh water, and all meals. Plan to fly in to the Dhaka airport and spend the next 8 days within Lawachara NP. For those 8 days you would be assisting in the radio-tracking of several adult Burmese Pythons and Elongated Tortoises through the jungles of Southeast Asia. It’s going to be hot and muddy but trust me, it’s worth it! Gain valuable skills needed for competitive field biology jobs by performing radio-tracking, morphometric measurements, animal ID, GPS logging, and more. Walk away with being a “certified radio-tracker” and gain all the real world experience of performing real science in a remote jungle of a safe and exotic country.
After we finish up in Lawachara we are planning to take several day trips over the course of 3 days to local wetlands and waterfalls, and then finish up with 3 days in the famous Sundarban Mangroves! If you haven’t heard of these, look them up. They are truly one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. During that leg of the trip we would be living on a boat performing visual surveys for Royal Bengal Tigers, hornbills, deer, wild pigs, monkeys, and of course herps! And don’t scoff, there’s actually a very real chance that you will indeed see a wild tiger! Along with hosting the densest population of Tigers within Bangladesh, this is also the last stronghold for the Northern River Terrapin (Batagur baska) which was presumed functionally extinct, until recently, when a batch of juveniles were discovered there.
If all that talk of pythons and tigers didn’t scare you off then please send me an EMAIL. Include a little bit about yourself, any previous experience, and any questions you may have concerning the trip and we can go from there. Hope to hear from some of you soon! And as a teaser, here’s a few shots from my last trip to Lawachara in July of last year: