Second leg of the trip to Nepal, with my friend Howie, president of NatGeoTV, and all my chins. Nepal here we come…
meeting the team in katmandu. our director tony gerber of market road films, the man in charge, begins laying out the mission. cool guy, knows his stuff.
the sadhus spread love and blessings. they sing, chant and smoke
blessing the dead body of a loved one, the Hindus gather by the river before preparing for cremation
telling the young children of Katmandu a tall tale from back west. they are so sweet and curious.
more fun with the kids and the hard selling ladies of Katmandu. trust me, you have never been pressured so hard into buying trinkets and jewelry. so i went the route of confusion and distraction
chanting with my man. i love this guy whose name for the life of me i could NOT process.
watching cremation. the stench of human flesh is a bit much to take but the gravity and beauty of the ritual trumps all discomfort
this is thamel, the busiest marketplace in Katmandu.
having landed in chitwan airport, we roll in motorcade to Safari Narayani, our lodge on the edge of the national park.
mounting up with babu my mahout (elephant driver). we are getting set for daytime patrol…searching signs of poachers.
full patrol squad
talk about hauling ass through the jungle…try 85 tons of it.
FOUND!!! an old school musket still used by poachers going after rhino horn, tiger skins, bones etc. gun was stashed by poachers who would retun later.
canadaian crew! ian the cameraman is sensational. sim is trusty sound man also amazing…would stash a mic in an elephant’s arse if he needed to…i don’t think he will need to. :)
training with Dr. Gaire and his master marksman bishnu…this is a tranquilizer dart gun to bring the rhino down for 20 minutes so we can put a gps collar on him.
when i say MASTER marksman, he hit the practice target right in the crosshair.
i was close. ish
meet Biru. 7 months ago, he was attacked by a tiger. hurt badly. his mother ran tiger off but felt it was too late. she left the baby to die… national Trust For Nature Conservation vets found her and saved her. now she follows her trainer everywhere. she is beautiful
wingmen: Ian O’Neil on the left. NatGeo Pres., Howard Owens on the right.
- The ladies of chitwan work so hard. One is digging for snails in the riverbed, the others are carrying stalks for thatched roofs. They work all day and always smile. Amazing
This is the cage at Tikauli, a military fort that houses seized wildlife contraband from poaching rings trying to escape into India and China. tiger skins, rhino horn and elephant tusks. the skins are all less than a month old and are drying out. the smeel is awful. our nat geo wild exec janet vessering was brought to tears. a jarring morning.
Nat Geo Wild’s Janet Vissering. a compassionate and dedicated exec and thoughtful person…she always makes sure we are hydrated, covered in bug spray and well fed. bless her.
there he is. what we came for. driving back from Tikauli, our driver spotted him wallowing in the mud. a beastly yet beautiful creature
river patrol along the rapti river…looking for signs of poachers. i went out with these guys on routine patrol…half miltary and half park rangers
a job well done. thanking the guys for allowing me to tag along.
talking things over with tony gerber our director.
you may be thinking how cute…no. these baboons are wild, nasty, sandwich and wallet stealing, street thugs. and i have never seen a gnarlier butt than any of theirs.
visiting the children in the eco club at the school. they asked so many questions of me and we talked about the sanctity of the rhino.
a gift of an Asoka tree from the eco club, named after me that will grow at the local chitwan school. it moved me to tears. that said, I am a cryer
why do I feel like prince harry?
this smile is because i got caught thinking about my girl. happy 15th anniversary my angel. i adore you
my trusty assistant and friend, Nathan Cheney. Handling all the photos, built this blog, and has attacked the wild with fervor.
nathan takes a bath with the ellies. amazing experience. they douse you with water in your face from their trunks. it’s hysterical
my nepali counter part sabita. 27 years old and a field biologist for WWF. smart, soft spoken and with a love for the animals that runs all the way through her. such a lovely person
final shot before we head out on the backs of 19 elephants to dart and gps collar a rhino. what happened out there was nerve-wracking, scary and unexpected. we made it out but it was close. it all unfolds on nat geo wild in october.
cool. river patrol.
little hide n seek. gotcha