ImageIts kind of weird not to have internet for almost a week straight now, thus why my adventures in Sri Lanka were not documented.  But, its kind of a nice “vacation” from the internet and cell phone connection- it’s liberating!!!

I literally just got back to Los Angeles.  I’m not sad- I’m excited.  Another step into becoming a leader in conservation has happened, and the only way to ensure its success and to keep the ball going is to get home and work on my thesis and get it done, and continue and begin new relations in Latin America.  However, my time in Sri Lanka was amazing- especially after the meeting.  Here is the short version of an amazing time…

CSG conference was fantastic!  Made some new friends, new networking for future Imageprojects, and was asked to be a vice chair for Latin America crocodile conservation!!!!  I am now on the steering committee of the CSG!!!!  This IS a dream come true, and this is my time to really make a difference for croc conservation and their habitat.  Needless to say, it was a successful meeting…

After the meeting, some of my Sri Lankan friends took a couple of us croc folks out to the national parks, including Yala National Park.  What an experience we had!!!!  We ended up seeing some of the rarest animals all within 24 hours:  a leopard stalking prey, a sloth bear eating in a tree, Asian elephants, wild boar, and a special moment for me- seeing Crocodylus porosus and C. palustris in the wild!!!!  Absolutely amazing!  The Sri Lankans are wonderful people, and the food is amazing!!!!  The last curry dish I had I ate with my hands just like the locals.  I think the next restaurant I go to in Santa Monica I’m going to eat with my hands and see what the reaction is…

DSCF2304So, Sri Lanka was an absolute success and I definitely want to come back.  The biodiversity is amazing, and my friends and their family just made the trip sooo special!  Hopefully I can get to Sri Lankan some time soon to do some research, but until then, the experience I had will have a special place in my heart.

Now, time to get my butt in gear for croc research and conservation….

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