The Weekly Recap
Hello! Welcome to this week’s long-awaited recap (well, not by me anyway)…
As usual, there have been a few new trip reports this week. First off, a prolific trip to Northern India includes exceptionally close-up pictures of a Snow Leopard yearning for a mate. It escaped from the Lonely Hearts club faster than your average mammalwatcher though, as in the next photo its catty flirting seems to have paid off. Also, you will see an adorable family portrait of Gee’s Golden Langurs!
Next is a trip report from Ecuador full of dazzling pictures of everything from stick insects to a Spectacled Caiman – and of course, great mammals too, like the Pygmy Marmoset. Apparently it’s the world’s smallest monkey, so there goes one insult from my dad’s repertoire for me. Ha.
And last but not least, a great report from Poland full of beautiful deer, bison, a sweet little moose calf and an adorable Eurasian Otter!
If you’re looking to join a more or less intense mammalwatching trip, you can visit this page for some inspiration. I wouldn’t usually recommend it, but I fear losing my job. The newest addition is a Royle Safaris trip to Qinghai, China this August – aiming for Snow Leopards! Other examples are Kenya in August (for rare and classic African mammals), cruising Western Svalbard in June 2024 (with my dad, so hide any chocolate you bring), or a Nature Travel safari around Namibia in May 2024, a “mammalwatching nirvana” (aka mammalwatcher’s daughter hell).
In other news, a new episode of the Mammalwatching Podcast just came out. The guest star is Arnaud Desbiez, a conservationist who is part of the first team to really study Giant Armadillos in Brazil. I thought it was a really interesting one, and these mammals only seem cuter to me now knowing what good parents they are (and that they’ve named them things like Daisy and Isabelle). As if the cover photo of one being cradled by Arnaud wasn’t enough.
Also, in case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a resources page on the website that contains what my dad describes as a “bunch of useful information”: a directory of trip providers (tour operators and mammalwatching guides who can set you up for a perfect trip), reviews of equipment and mammal books, and a global mammal checklist to fuel that obsessive love for list-making we all share. Just make sure you don’t tick over 2104 species, or there will be consequences.
You can also check out @mammal.watching on Instagram or Mammal Watching on Facebook if you’d like your social media to be invaded by more photogenic mammals than the usual type. And if you would like to subscribe only to weekly updates like these from mammalwatching.com, you can visit this page 🙂
P.S: I’ve just noticed that this website is only one year younger than me. I think this explains a lot about my childhood. So to my dad, if you’re reading this: I now have proof, and you can pay for my therapy. Jk, I do forgive you… a little:)