Field Day 12: Climbing High for Thai Shrimp Farming. [PHOTOS]
Sometimes we can’t get everything we’re after while in the field. Take for instance, a dream to moto paraglide over fishing cat country to get an overall view of what’s going on here. You can see why I’d want to give it a go looking at Namfon Cutter’s kickass photo from a past flight. Thank you Namfon for sharing this incredible moment.
Scheduling conflicts and even bigger weather conflicts, meant a flight was not in the cards for this trip.
(Note, I said this trip, in case there are any inspired funders out there who’d like to help a girl and some fishing cats out.)
So this morning as a close second at dawn, Ruj, my new friend Josh Lewis (http://nywolf.org) and I decided to climb Khao Daeng in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand. This hike takes you to a summit that overlooks the coastline on the other side of the mountains from our site. When Namfon began following fishing cats here, she focused on the area you’re looking at.
Despite all the development, Namfon collared 17 fishing cats here, most of which disappeared, likely poached. Today we don’t know if any still roam this area.
The good news is, we’re still seeing lots of activity on the Sam Roi Yod side. The big dream would be to get a bunch of a money and just buy a big patch of land for the fishing cats. Let us know if you’re interested in helping out. Whatever happens, we have to act fast, as Namfon gives the cats in Sam Roi Yod about 15 years before the wetland becomes too developed.