Colleagues! We are traveling to Italy and Greece this summer and I want to squeeze in some mammal time while viewing all the old buildings…;-) We really want to focus on the bovids – Mouflon, Chamois, Ibex, etc. But I would really like a shot at the Mediterranean Monk Seal as well. Anyone have any ideas on the best places to see some of these critters? We’re in Italy and Greece but I am not opposed to dipping in to France, Switzerland or even swinging over to Spain for a good shot… Cheers!
Archive for October 2012
A great and comprehensive report for a long and productive trip.
South America, 2011 (Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia & Chile): Janco Van Gelderen, 3 months & 54 species including Giant Armadillo, Geoffroy’s Cat, Mountain Vizcacha and other goodies.
I’ve just added three interesting new reports to mammalwatching.com
Tibet, 2012: Coke Smith, 1 week & 18 species including Kiang, White-lipped Deer, Blue Sheep and Wild Yak. Brilliant trip!
Southern Thailand & Laos, 2012: Hugh Buck, 2 days in Laos and 3 Laotian Leaf Monkeys.
Myanmar, 2012: Hugh Buck, 12 days & 14 species.
I’m just wondering – what’s the best place in Latin america to see these two species? I know neither one is usually a guarantee, and margays are especially uncommon in general. But from reports and experience it looks like almost every species has a hot spot.. If Jon Hall was able to find an Andean Tapir and Spectacled Bears on 2 consecutive days, I believe everything is possible 😉
Thanks in advance for the feedback!
Two new reports on mammalwatching.com both under the “other trip reports” section of the pages that follow.
South Africa 2012: Bob Berghaier, 1 week and the mammals included Caracal, Honey Badger and Brown Hyenas.
I dunno what’s going on with Honey Badgers but there have been a few sightings recently from different places of an animal that was rarely reported. Just a coincidence?
Yellowstone, 2012: Mathew Steer & Maureen Hadert, 2 weeks & 27 species including American Marten, Mountain Goats, Wolves and Grizzlies.
I’m going to Nepal and India tomorrow to work and also look for Red Pandas. Back on 20 October.
I spent last week in Tennessee & Kentucky learning about white-nose syndrome and an artificial bat cave designed to stop its spread. Here are some more blogs I wrote about it:
Bad Days in Bat Caves: Finding and verifying white-nose syndrome
Building the “Cave of Dreams”: How the artificial cave works
Of Bats & Men: Our complicated relationship with bats
Cave Man Cory Holliday: A profile of the man behind the cave
Hope this is useful information, and I’d appreciate any feedback.