Disclaimer: These photographs were taken on my cell phone rather than my Nikon so please forgive the poor quality of some of the images. :)
7:00am: A 15ft tall elephant…
I waited for the sun to come up so that elephants and I wouldn’t surprise each other in the dark. I nearly had a heart attack when this one popped out onto the trail about 20m in front of me. The elephant, on the other hand, was totally chill and just continued on its’ merry elephant way.
9:00am: A cobra skin…
A nursery group of four females and their kiddies climbed up a big fig tree and happily chowed down. I realized that it was going to be a while. Ankle-deep in I took off my back-pack and started unfolding my ground cover thinking “Ohmygosh this is about to be the world’s comfiest forest nap…” Then I saw a some iridescent piece of something peeking out from under my boot…ooo a snake skin….a hunk of a really big cobra with three inch wide ventral scales kind of snake skin… I did not nap.
In the photograph, one of the KCP field assistants, Sezi, is helping me display the skin for you all. My thumb serves as a pretty good measure of scale.
11:30am: Oh, hey! A chimp!
Wait, is that my job? I was starting to think that I might be an elephant researcher…
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