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Old 12-30-2014, 06:33 PM
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Default Any help appreciated for trip to Cambodia, Thailand, India for Crocodile Conservation

Fellow boaters,
For the few that know me on here, this should come as no surprise to you. My passion for wildlife especially reptiles has brought quite a few of my posts on here to some debate and some entertainment.

Thought I would try all options for some help on a trip I am trying to put together for a crocodilian conservation project that would take me to Cambodia, then Thailan, then India. Details are in the following link at Gofundme.com

http://www.gofundme.com/ji46o0

Overall goal of the project is to assist with different wildlife organizations in each of the countries to help conserve and educate on the local wildlife in some of the more rural regions. This is a life long dream and I hope that it does come to fruition. Again, any help is appreciated and if you have any questions or concerns I'd be happy to answer and share my passion with you.

Thanks

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Psychologically prepare yourself to see some of the most brutal poverty/ human condition in the world, unless you are sticking to tourist havens.
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Stay in the USA; we have sufficient problems that you can get involved in. My SIL travels the world. As stated above, you are not ready for the horror, filth and diseases. The last time he went to Africa he was briefed "don't drink the water, don't eat the food and do not breath the air". -- meaning do not exert yourself by working out, breath as little as possible.
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Let me get this straight . . . you're volunteering to go to a 3rd world backwater jungle in order to teach the locals on how to protect the animals that want to EAT THEM as they try to survive in this God forsaken armpit of the world?

Do I have that right?

You have a wife and a kid? Why would you subject them to the diseases and parasites you're almost certain to bring back?
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Psychologically prepare yourself to see some of the most brutal poverty/ human condition in the world, unless you are sticking to tourist havens.
I can't speak for India, but this is sound advice for traveling in Cambodia and Thailand. If you have no prior experience in conditions like this, be very careful of what you eat if sourced locally. On a prior trip, I became very ill from a meal in Siem Reap. If you think you'll be the exception, you will not be, it will definitively sideline your efforts. My lesson: bring a Z pack or 2.
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I can't speak for India, but this is sound advice for traveling in Cambodia and Thailand. If you have no prior experience in conditions like this, be very careful of what you eat if sourced locally. On a prior trip, I became very ill from a meal in Siem Reap. If you think you'll be the exception, you will not be, it will definitively sideline your efforts. My lesson: bring a Z pack or 2.
Dude, India makes those places look like babytown frolics, which is no easy feat. We are talking seeing street thugs amputate a kids arms so he will make more money for his 'begging pimp'. Just insane shit.
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I can't speak for India, but this is sound advice for traveling in Cambodia and Thailand. If you have no prior experience in conditions like this, be very careful of what you eat if sourced locally. On a prior trip, I became very ill from a meal in Siem Reap. If you think you'll be the exception, you will not be, it will definitively sideline your efforts. My lesson: bring a Z pack or 2.
Screw Z-pac. Not strong enough. Bring Lomotil for the diarrhea and Cipro. Get all your shots, including malaria meds. It seems every time one person in the group gets brutally ill.
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Originally Posted by Mikestyger1 View Post
Fellow boaters,
For the few that know me on here, this should come as no surprise to you. My passion for wildlife especially reptiles has brought quite a few of my posts on here to some debate and some entertainment.

Thought I would try all options for some help on a trip I am trying to put together for a crocodilian conservation project that would take me to Cambodia, then Thailan, then India. Details are in the following link at Gofundme.com

http://www.gofundme.com/ji46o0

Overall goal of the project is to assist with different wildlife organizations in each of the countries to help conserve and educate on the local wildlife in some of the more rural regions. This is a life long dream and I hope that it does come to fruition. Again, any help is appreciated and if you have any questions or concerns I'd be happy to answer and share my passion with you.

Thanks

Mike Malden
Hi Mike,

Best of luck with the fund-raiser.

I'm sure it will be the trip of a lifetime.

Best,
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Been there done that in the 60's you will get sick no matter what you do or take it will happen.
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Let me get this straight . . . you're volunteering to go to a 3rd world backwater jungle in order to teach the locals on how to protect the animals that want to EAT THEM as they try to survive in this God forsaken armpit of the world?

Do I have that right?

You have a wife and a kid? Why would you subject them to the diseases and parasites you're almost certain to bring back?
^^^^^This^^^^^

Why not stay in the US and help the homeless or the hungry instead?
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Perhaps it has something to do with him being a reptile expert and this trip is about crocodile conservation. That may be a reach on my part, but I think that is why he's doing it.

Or he could just stay home and help the homeless. Yes, that seems like a logical thing to do considering his goal.
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Mike,

Your passion for reptiles is way cool. Have you thought about going all in here, in Florida and help control and educate Floridians about invasive species? We need someone with your drive here!
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Have a good trip and ignore those that say don't go, be afraid, it's a bad place, etc.

Been to Cambodia and Thailand several times and each time is great.

Just be a man and use your head. You'll be fine.
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When I told my doctor I was leaving the states he prescribed me a Z pac and anti diarrhea stuff plus something else that I can't recall.
And he knew that was I just going to Hawaii !
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All,
Thanks for the responses. As many of you know my passion is for reptiles with the main focus on crocodilians. To try to respond to all of the above in a generalistic sense:

The trip is planned and I am going. The overall goal is to help with crocodile conservation so that future generations have the ability to know what animals and wildlife live around the world. Extinction is a true possibility for many of these animals. One of the places I plan to visit does conservation with all types of animals including elephants, tigers, bears, cobras, et.c etc.

Saying the places I'm going is going to be "rough" is an understatement. Though many of you have experience (of have known someone with experience) in these countries I believe each experience is going to be slightly different. Most of my time will be in the "back woods" jungle areas and, honestly, that's a life dream of mine (which no one will be able to sway my opinion on).

Am I going to get sick? Yes...probably and it will be a great life experience. Will take as many precautions as possible, but if I live life worrying about getting sick or dealing with the "worst case scenarios" then, for me, that's not really living....that's just not dying!

Why don't I stay here and help the homeless? That's a great question. There's a million and one fundraisers and projects to help different causes. Why just ask me about the homelesst? Why not ask if I want to save the hungry, and the cancer patients, and the Alzheimer's patients, and fund FEMA, and our military, or etc.etc.etc. All are GREAT causes and I do a SMALL part with a fraction of them, but for me my passion lies in wildlife and that's where I choose to spend most of my time, money, and efforts. I also believe that what little skill dealing with exotic wildlife I have is more useful in the field than just sending a check. Plus for the simple and SELFISH reasoning that I think I would be good at it and thoroughly enjoy it!

Nevermind: I thoroughly enjoy educating locals as well on invasives. I've done countless local morning news shows (fox, abc, etc) on pythons and tegus. I've done projects in South Florida http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...-wildlife.html helping with removal of oustalets chameleons, pythons and tegus. I've been on the today show with monitors and pythons educating people on both. We get about 3 -4 million visitors a year at my zoo and I'm in the park as much as I can trying to educate as many as I can. It may seems small but it's quite rewarding having kids get one on one interactions with snakes, lizards, gators, kangaroos, etc and having them initiate a passion for said animals. It may only be one in 1000 kids that actually take to it and get excited about it, but I was that 1 in 1000 kid and remember how cool it was (years and years ago) to start my animal career!

I do have a wife and kid. My wife takes care of Orangutans and Tigers primarily and my daughter (a little over 2) has had more interactions with various wildlife than most people in the US. This is our life and, amazingly, my wonderful wife has encouraged me on this trip as well. Even with the "risks" involved! With any luck my daughter will follow in her parents footsteps and enjoy conserving animals. or more likely she'll be something MUCH more lucrative!

Teaching the locals about animals is great. And not all the animals over there want to EAT the locals either. not to bore some of you even more, but a simple change of netting fish was extremely successful for the locals to continue catching fish without catching gharials (a weird crocodilian that has never had an attack on a human....solely a fish eating croc). Cool success story.

To all who "support" me and my endeavors I truly appreciate it. I thoroughly enjoy these conversations as it gives me an opportunity to share my little piece of content with those who don't share in the same things that make me enjoy life. I've never asked for money from anyone before as it's a little humbling and embarrassing, but for this once in a lifetime opportunity I can put those aside and suck up my ego for a little bit! Thanks again!

Mike....
Again, I encourage any questions or suggestions as I like to think of myself as open-minded. Just as long as you can do the same with my responses!
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I'm in for $25...sounds like you got your head on straight.
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I'm in for $25...sounds like you got your head on straight.
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Fellow boaters,
For the few that know me on here, this should come as no surprise to you. My passion for wildlife especially reptiles has brought quite a few of my posts on here to some debate and some entertainment.

Thought I would try all options for some help on a trip I am trying to put together for a crocodilian conservation project that would take me to Cambodia, then Thailan, then India. Details are in the following link at Gofundme.com

http://www.gofundme.com/ji46o0

Overall goal of the project is to assist with different wildlife organizations in each of the countries to help conserve and educate on the local wildlife in some of the more rural regions. This is a life long dream and I hope that it does come to fruition. Again, any help is appreciated and if you have any questions or concerns I'd be happy to answer and share my passion with you.

Thanks

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Mikestyger1 - I only offered precautionary advice, not to dissuade you from going. It will be a life-changing experience. Best of luck in your endeavor.
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