Hello everyone! I am hoping to get some savvy mammal heavy travel advice regarding a few of my upcoming trips. I have just found out that I have 2 weeks free in late December early January and I am trying to put together a hiking trip in South or Southeast Asia to see as much wildlife as possible in cat territory (I am studying my MS to be a felid conservation biologist).
I am currently living in Thailand and so nothing is too far. My original ideas of Sumatra or Sabah have fallen through based on rainy seasons and so now I am looking into Bardia or Chitwan National Park in Nepal. I have read trip reports here that some people have taken multi-day guided hikes through Bardia and I was wondering if anyone has any contact details regarding a professional guide that you recommend?
I would also be willing to hear suggestions if anyone has a good connection here in Thailand as well for Huai Kha Kaeng, Krang Krachan NP, etc.
Lastly… this upcoming June I am heading to the Pantanal in Brazil and I have been trying for months unsuccessfully to get in touch with guide Julinho Monteiro of Pantanal Trackers (http://www.pantanaltrackers.com.br/). Anyone know of another guide with an excellent reputation (and one that is affordable)? Thank you!