I’ve been entertaining this question in my own head, and was wondering what everyone else thinks:
So back when I started mammal watching (2007ish), seeing a list of 20-30 mammals anywhere was spectacular, and 50 was almost unimaginable. But obviously, with today’s knowledge, increasing accessibility to ecosystems at night (in most countries), improving guiding services and of course Thermal Scopes – trip lists from all over the world regularly reach 60-80 for 2-week trips, and peaking out with Venkat’s recent, mind-blowing 123-species list.
So that makes you think “man, I wish I could repeat ALL my previous trips with my current gear”.
But if you had to choose just 1 trip to repeat, with a thermal scope and today’s guides and knowledge, which one would you choose?
Mine would have to be either the Central African Republic! I’d look more for the smaller scaly-tailed flying squirrels, giant otter shrews, water chevrotains, potentially bongos, the tree hyraxes which are always heard and seldom seen, and of course golden cats – but I don’t think Dzanga-Sangha is a hotspot for them.
My 2nd choice would have to be the Way Kambas trip with Jon Hall and Jean-Michel Bompar. I feel like we didn’t even scratch the surface of that place, and we could have seen so much more just sitting quietly with scopes and staking out anything that walks onto the road instead of driving the mega-loud truck. That trip also included Gunung Leuser and of course Deramakot – two places ALWAYS worth exploring with thermal scopes 🙂
How about everyone else? And you can’t say “all of them” ;-P