Laughs a land ruled by the mekong one of the world’s mightiest rivers the Mekong is fed by tributaries hidden deep in pathless canyons it is a whim of history but centuries have passed with hardly a human foot trespassing in this wilderness and so today Laos can still boast a wealth of natural wonders uncharted rivers unclimbed mountainous untouched forests.
Inhabited by mysterious creatures Laos is a last hideout.
For some of Asia’s big wild animals home to dozens of indigenous tribes and cultures and keeper of a Buddhist tradition long lost elsewhere so in the very heart of crowded.
And buzzing Indochina there is a wonderland still on the brink of its first discovery in the northern province of who are farm a zoologist is on her way into the jungle Arlene Johnson is a specialist in tigers being tongue is the vantage point of her expedition a village.
On the fringe of the nomads food Lois protected area.
Arlene and her team on a mission for the Wildlife Conservation Society or WCS and the Laos national forestry department when we started doing our fieldwork in 2003 the.
Goal of the project was to understand better the distribution and abundance of tiger and their prey in the Namib Pahlavi protected area 5000 Matic cameras will be installed in the mountain forests they will record anything that moves only during the dry season come one travel here without sinking into deep mud a.
Camera team will accompany the group and try to install a video camera along with the stills cameras the first camera trap will be positioned at a walking distance of two days Laos has no access to the sea yet it is a land of.
Water dominated by the mighty Mekong beginning at a point where three countries Laos Thailand and China meet the Mekong runs southward it forms a long border.
Line with Thailand and leaves Laos in the South thundering over the Kong for Peng waterfalls into neighboring Cambodia it has a spectacular and noisy exit mean AMCOM mother of all waters is what the people of laos call their river in the south the mekong is as wide as a lake this water scape.
Is called sea found on the four thousand islands when the rainy season starts most disappear overnight over a distance of one thousand nine hundred kilometers the mekong carries goods and people irrigates rice paddies and fills the nets of fish this river produces more fish than the entire Mediterranean Sea an annual 2 million tonnes the mekong boasts one.
Of the world’s highest degrees of biodiversity scientists know many of its species only from hearsay these murky floods are home to a legendary monster the giant catfish weighing 300 kilos it is the world’s biggest freshwater fish only a few people have ever seen a giant catfish at the fishermen in the northwest near the Thai border have hunted the giant.
For generations but even at the height of the catfish season or.
We can find is one Thai fishing boat Laos has recently prohibited the catching of catfish because the species is threatened by extinction for hours the Thai sail up and down the river only to return home with empty Nets what has happened to the giant catfish if there is an answer it is found on the Thai side of.